The United Nation’s Decade of Healthy Ageing.
2021-2030- The United Nation’s Decade of Healthy Ageing.
The United Nations has marked the upcoming decade as the decade of healthy ageing. The majority of societies around the world currently face an ageing population, which will have an impact on all aspects of society, with a total elderly population of 1 billion- many of whom live in low and middle income societies.
Healthy ageing does not look the same for every individual. Some individuals may age in years but still enjoy similar lifestyle, with the mental and physical capabilities and those many year younger than them. Other individuals may require extra support
The World Health Organisation defines healthy ageing as ““the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables wellbeing in older age.” Functional ability not only covers the basic mental and physical health factors but also the ability for individuals to meet their own basic needs, ability to make their own decisions, maintain social relationships and contribute to society.
The World Health Organisation also noted that the environment in which elderly individuals are in also greatly contributes to healthy ageing as it is the environment such as the home and community that provide the most support to the elderly. The greater environment can also impact our exposure to health risks and the likelihood to have access to high quality health and social care.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development highlights that no individual amongst our societies are to be left out and that all have the right to live a fulfilling and dignified life. Hence, it is important that Healthy Ageing is promoted in order to ensure that the human health can be sustainable throughout all walks of life.
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