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World Must Prepare For Aging Population, WHO, Lancet Say

Media sources report on calls from the WHO to prepare for a global aging population and the publication of a series in The Lancet on the issue.

The Lancet: Series on Aging
“This Series on Aging highlights a neglected area in the health sector and in social and economic-policy development. The six papers address issues related to mortality, morbidity and disability, wellbeing, and potential health system responses. The series provides a much-needed synthesis of the evidence, and suggests possible strategies to address the health and wellbeing of older adults…” (11/6).

VOA News: WHO: World Must Prepare for Aging Population
“The World Health Organization (WHO) says governments must prepare now to deal with an increasingly aging world. Otherwise, it warns the growing burden of chronic disease will seriously affect the quality of life of older people and create economic and other hardships for national health systems. These findings appear in a new series on health and aging published in the British journal, The Lancet…” (Schlein, 11/5).

WHO: “Aging well” must be a global priority
“A major new series on health and ageing, published in The Lancet, warns that unless health systems find effective strategies to address the problems faced by an aging world population, the growing burden of chronic disease will greatly affect the quality of life of older people. As people across the world live longer, soaring levels of chronic illness and diminished wellbeing are poised to become a major global public health challenge…” (11/6).