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Join the movement to transform the world to be a better place to grow older

Longer lives are one of humanity's greatest achievements. But longer lives are not yet healthier lives for all.

We have an opportunity to change this. It's time to work together to make sure we all have the chance to maximise our later years – for current and future generations, no matter where we live.

It's the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing. Will you join us?

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Connecting Healthy Ageing and Vision

12 October 2023 / Report

Today, an estimated 73 percent of people living with avoidable vision impairment are older people – amounting to 800 million people globally. As the world's population ages, this figure will rise to 927 million by 2050 unless urgent action is taken. This report by the Fred Hollows Foundation and the International Federation of Ageing (IFA) calls for close collaboration between the eye health and ageing sectors to protect and restore vision in older age.

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Connecting generations: planning and implementing interventions for intergenerational contact

10 October 2023 / Guidance

This guide provides step-by-step guidance for anyone who is using or wishes to use intergenerational practice to combat ageism and to promote understanding and mutual respect among generations.

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Regional summit on policy innovation for healthy ageing in the WHO European Region (Lisbon, Portugal)

10 October 2023 / Event

As the lifespan of Europe’s population extends, promoting healthy ageing becomes paramount. Challenges and opportunities arise, necessitating improved health care, a skilled health and care workforce, age-friendly environments and a collective effort to combat ageism across all sectors. To explore these issues, WHO/Europe is hosting the Regional Summit for Policy Innovation on Healthy Ageing on 10–11 October. To be held in Lisbon, Portugal, and co-organized with the Directorate General of Health of Portugal, the Summit will bring together government representatives, thought leaders, policy experts, academics, civil society representatives, professional organizations and other partners to drive policy innovation and explore promising practices to address the implications of ageing populations.

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UN International Day of Older Persons 2023 – Fulfilling the Promise of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for Older Persons Across Generations

1 October 2023 / Knowledge Hub

Celebrate this year's UNIDOP commemorations by learning about events, resources, and other forms of knowledge related to the topic from the global community.

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Presenting the first ever Healthy Ageing 50: Leaders transforming the world to be a better place to grow older

22 September 2022

Fifty individuals from around the world have been recognised as part of the first ever Healthy Ageing 50: leaders transforming the world to be a better place to grow older. The individuals were evaluated by an expert panel of reviewers from across international organizations with over 500 nominations received across all Sustainable Development Goal regions.

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Launch of the Healthy Ageing Collaborative: Working together to improve the lives of older people, their families, and communities

22 September 2022

Today, we are proud to announce the Healthy Ageing Collaborative, a multisectoral and multistakeholder network to advance implementation of the United Nations Decade of Healthy Ageing (2021-2030).

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The Decade of Healthy Ageing: a new UN-wide initiative

14 December 2020

On 14 December 2020, The United Nations General Assembly declared 2021-2030 the Decade of Healthy Ageing. Health is central to our experience of older age and the opportunities that ageing brings. Initiatives undertaken as part of the Decade will seek to: change how we think, feel and act towards age and ageing; facilitate the ability of older people to participate in and contribute to their communities and society; deliver integrated care and primary health services that are responsive to the needs of the individual; and provide access to long-term care for older people who need it.

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Decade Partnering Kit


The UN Decade of Healthy Ageing is a global collaboration that brings together diverse sectors and stakeholders to improve the lives of older people, their families and communities. In short, that means everyone has something to contribute – including you!

Ready to get started? We've prepared everything you need to be part of this growing global movement.

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