In almost every country, the proportion of people aged over 60 years is growing faster than any other age group, as a result of both longer life expectancy and declining fertility rates.
This population ageing can be seen as a success story for public health policies and for socioeconomic development, but it also challenges society to adapt, in order to maximize the health and functional capacity of older people as well as their social participation and security.
Programmes and activities
- Opening remarks by Dr Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific at the 20th International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 23 June 2013
- World Health Day 2012 in the Western Pacific Region
Meeting on Ageing and Health in the Western Pacific Region, 9-11 July 2013, Manila, Philippines
Informal Experts' Consultation on Ageing and Health in the Western Pacific Region, 9-10 April 2013, Manila, Philippines
Informal Experts' Consultation on Healthy Ageing in the Western Pacific Region, 9-10 May 2011, Manila