WHO warns we face old-age time bombby Paola Battista - 2014.11.06
For the first time in history, by 2020, the number of people aged 60 years and older will outnumber children younger than 5 years. The World Health Organization announced, thanks to the figures of the new Series on Health and Ageing published in The Lancet. Whose projections warn once again the government about the importance of promoting effective health strategies for a part of population that keeps growing, just as global life expectancy. By 2050, in fact, the elderly will reach 2 billion (up from 841 million today). And, by the same date, 135 million will be affected by Alzheimer's. "Deep and fundamental reforms of health and social care systems will be required," said John Beard, Director of Age and Life Course at WHO, "But we must be careful that these reforms do not reinforce inequities".
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