Ageing and health is the topic of this year's
World Health Day. The theme of the day is ‘Good health adds life to years’.
Over the past century life expectancy
has increased dramatically and the world will soon have more
older people than children. The 2001 census counts the proportion of
Indian population above the age of 60 years as 77
million that is about 7.4% of the entire population. Healthy ageing is a
priority area of global concern for the World Health Organization.
To commemorate the
World Health Day, the WHO Country Office for India in collaboration with the Ministry of
Health & Family Welfare will hold a one-day national meeting on 07
April 2012 at AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences), New Delhi. Topic of
discussion is Ageing & Health. WHO-India will also be conducting series
of advocacy meetings throughout the country to further sensitize
targeted stakeholders. The focus is to promote how
good health throughout life can help older men and women lead full and
productive lives and be a resource for their
families and communities.
Ageing concerns each and everyone – whether young or old,
male or female, rich or poor – no matter where we live.Globally, the
population is ageing steadily. One of the biggest social transformations is
population ageing. For the past century and more mankind has been adding
years to life. More people now survive the challenges of childbirth and
childhood and live longer through adulthood to reach old age. This trend is
not restricted to the resource-rich countries but has become a global
This World Health Day, the agenda is to address the issues this
demographic shift entails and how best we
prepare ourselves. The World Health Organization is
committed to support the Government of India in promoting healthy ageing as a way of life.
Health Day Celebrated in New Delhi
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