Realising potential in an ageing world

An older woman smiles in front of her corn shop.

One of the great untold stories of development is that of radical transformation, overwhelming success and hidden champions, but one which does not feature in the UN Millennium Development Goals. This is the story of ageing: of greater numbers of older people worldwide, increasing longevity and the indispensible role older people play in society.

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Ageing & the UN Human Development Report

Veronica, 68, from Kenya smiles at the camera.

We’re pleased that the pace of global population ageing has been recognised in this year’s UN Human Development Report, with the transition to old age identified as one of the key ‘sensitive stages’ of the life cycle.

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Governments warned over ageing populations

An older woman from Colombia sits at the entrance to her wooden house.

World leaders must face up to the challenges of their ageing populations and better understand the needs of their oldest citizens, says charity Age International today. The call comes as the first ever Global Age Watch Index is published, revealing the best and worst places for older people to live around the world.

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Index reveals global ‘gaps’ in how older people are treated

Older people march for their rights in Haiti.

A new index has revealed the best and worst places for older people to live around the world and, in doing so, called into question the idea that ageing is a ‘developed world’ problem only.

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