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Facing the facts: the truth about ageing and development

Age International's flagship publication 'Facing the facts: the truth about ageing and development' brings together 25 high profile thought leaders, development experts and academics to discuss the impact of an ageing world on international development.

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What does the report include?

Facing the facts contains 21 articles, divided into four sections. These sections focus on: 

  • Challenging preconceptions about ageing
  • Understanding health and care needs
  • Recognising that ageing is about more than older people
  • Taking action


'We need to see ageing not as a burden but as a triumph of development'
Mark Gorman MBE, Director of Strategic Development at HelpAge International, speaking about ageing as a development fact.

'Older people's health is worth investing in'
Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), speaking about healthy ageing as vital to social and economic development.

'Older people... are often not respected as they have been in the past'
Mary Robinson, member of The Elders, speaking about experience, dignity and respect. 

'The needs of older people are different from those of children or the more able-bodied'
Sir Brendan Gormley KCMG MBE, International development consultant, speaking about older people in emergencies. 

The future of ageing and development

There are currently 868m older people in the world and, by 2050 this will have reached more than 2bn. Older people are vulnerable - but they are also incredibly valuable. The success of the world's future development depends on how we respond to ageing.

How can I use this report?

We hope that this publication will help you to understand the importance of facing the facts about global ageing and international development and, in turn, help you to decide how to respond to the benefits and challenges this worldwide phenomenon brings.

The world is ageing. The message that resonates throughout the report is that older people have a right to be valued for who they are, have needs that must be taken into account and are a global asset, making contributions to their families and communities that need to be recognised and supported.


If you would like to know more about this publication, please contact our Political & Policy Adviser, Ken Bluestone.

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