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.
Everywhere in the world people are living longer. But as people age, they are saddled with chronic illnesses and diminished wellbeing that affects their quality of life and creates a burden on society.
The latest statistics show by 2050, an estimated two billion people will be aged 60 and older, more than double the 841 million today.
The World Health Organization notes 80 percent of these older people will be living in low and middle-income countries, not in wealthy countries.