On the International Day of Older Persons, the United Nations is urging the world to tap into the often overlooked contributions of older persons, and calling for integrated care to improve well being and ensure they have the opportunity to contribute to development.
“By the year 2050, one in five people in the world will be aged 60 and older. It's our goal to ensure that all older people can obtain the health services they need, whoever they are, wherever they live,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) in a news release.
Older adults are more likely to experience chronic conditions and often multiple conditions at the same time. Yet today's health systems generally focus on the detection and treatment of individual acute diseases.
WHO's new Guidelines on Integrated Care for Older People require health and social care providers to coordinate their services around the needs of older people through approaches such as comprehensive assessment and care plans.