WHO committing to Healthy Ageing

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The World Health Organization has announced a global strategy and action plan on ageing and health, endorsed by UN member states at the World Health Assembly in Geneva earlier this year. Over the next decade their strategy focuses on five objectives:

  • commitment to action on Healthy Ageing in every country;
  • developing age-friendly environments;
  • aligning health systems to the needs of older populations;
  • developing sustainable and equitable systems for providing long-term care (home, communities, institutions); and
  • improving measurement, monitoring and research on Healthy Ageing.

This is one step in the right direction and putting more focus on the issue of ageing. However, their agenda is to make ageing not as agonizing as it is, which is a fight against the symptoms and not the source. Such a battle can never be won, but will just postpone the same end-effect. The term »healthy aging« is a paradox in itself, no healthy person is going to die just like that, you could call it as well »healthy dying«. The actual source of the problem needs to be tackled: Ageing