People worldwide are living longer, but are they living better? According to data from the United Nations’ World Population Prospects 2019, 1 in 6 people in the world will be 65 years or older by the year 2050, up from 1 in 11 in 2019. The number of people 80 years or older is projected to triple, from 143 million in 2019 to 426 million in 2050.
In the state of California, older adults will soon be the fastest-growing population, expecting to grow to 8.6 million people in the next 10 years. How can we address the needs and rights of this population, promote healthy aging, and improve their lives and the communities in which they live?
Join Ritu Sadana, senior health adviser at the World Health Organization (WHO), as she introduces how the WHO negotiated its first global strategy and action plan on ageing and health (2016–2020). She will also discuss its extension, a proposal for a Decade of Healthy Ageing (2020–2030) that will be considered by the upcoming World Health Assembly in May 2020, aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030.
Sadana will focus on how WHO has engaged Ministries of Health in eight countries to increase their commitment to evidence-informed policies and programs through a country-led effort that also reflects a collaboration between the World Health Organization’s three levels (headquarters, regional and country offices) and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.
Center Research Scientist Kathryn Kietzman will briefly discuss efforts currently underway in California to develop a Master Plan for Aging. She will discuss her work as part of the research subcommittee tasked with developing a data dashboard to measure progress made by the state over the next 10 years.