Although populations around the world are rapidly ageing, evidence that increasing longevity is being accompanied by an extended period of good health is scarce. A coherent and focused public health response that spans multiple sectors and stakeholders is urgently needed. To guide this global response, WHO has released the first World report on ageing and health, reviewing current knowledge and gaps and providing a public health framework for action. The report is built around a redefinition of healthy ageing that centres on the notion of functional ability: the combination of the intrinsic capacity of the individual, relevant environmental characteristics, and the interactions between the individual and these characteristics. This Health Policy highlights key findings and recommendations from the report.
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The views expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of WHO. We acknowledge the significant contributions of the many other people who participated in the production of the World report on ageing and health ( appendix ). We are particularly grateful for the editorial guidance provided by Flavia Bustreo, Anne Marie Worning, Anarfi Asamoa-Baah, and Andrew Cassels; the contributions of the other members of the core writing group Lisa Warth, Norah Keating, Aki Kuroda, and Alison Harvey; the authors of the 19 background papers; and the large number of people who gave direct administrative or technical inputs. SAGE is supported by WHO and the US National Institute on Ageing through interagency agreements with WHO ( OGHA 04034785, YA1323–08-CN-0020, Y1-AG-1005–01 ) and through research grants ( R01-AG034479, R21-AG034263 ). GMEEP was funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council centre for research excellence grant ( APP1000986 )
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