The world is ageing fast. By 2030, there will be more people over 60 than under 10 years of age.
· The world’s population is rapidly ageing: The number of people aged 60 years or older will rise from 900 million to 2 billion between 2015 and 2050 (moving from 12% to 22% of the total global population).
· Ageism can be as pervasive than sexism or racism
· When it comes to health, there is no ‘typical’ older person: Biological ageing is only loosely associated with person age in years. Some 80 year-olds have physical and mental capacities similar to many 20 year-olds
· Health in older age is not random: Besides genetics, it is due to their physical and social environments, and the influence on their opportunities and health behaviour
· Comprehensive public health action will require fundamental shifts in how we think about ageing and health
· Health systems need to be realigned to the needs of older populations
· In the 21st century, all countries need an integrated system of long-term care
· Healthy Ageing involves all levels and sectors of government.