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Health and care in an ageing world

Growth in life expectancy around the world is a triumph of development. However, living longer does not necessarily mean living in good health for longer.

For every year of life gained from age 50, a person gains only 9.5 months of healthy life.

Good health is vital to ageing well; a healthy older person is more able to achieve the things they value, foster ongoing social participation, and has broader benefits for society.

In developing countries, where health systems may be stretched or non-existent, healthy ageing presents both an opportunity and a challenge.