Source: Yongjie Yon, Christopher R Mikton, Zachary D Gassoumis, Kathleen H Wilber (February 2017)
Elder abuse is a serious human rights violation that requires urgent action. It is also a major public health problem that results in serious health consequences for the victims, including increased risk of morbidity, mortality, institutionalization, and hospital admission, and has a negative effect on families and society at large. Despite the severity of its consequences, major gaps remain in estimating the prevalence of elder abuse.
Source: World Health Organization, 2015
Comprehensive public health action on population ageing is urgently needed. This will require fundamental shifts, not just in the things we do, but in how we think about ageing itself. The World report on ageing and health outlines a framework for action to foster Healthy Ageing built around the new concept of functional ability. Making these investments will have valuable social and economic returns, both in terms of health and well-being of older people and in enabling their on-going participation in society.
Source: Olga Theou and Kenneth Rockwood, March 2017
Not all the years of old age are lived fully, even when physical losses are small. Because mortality is falling in most countries (although Russia has been an exception and so, in 2015, was the USA), it is important to understand how much of that greater longevity is likely to be spent in good health. In The Lancet, Yi Zeng and colleagues compare 19,528 of the oldest-old (people aged 80–105 years born between 1893 and 1928, divided into three groups aged 80–89 years, 90–99 years, and 100–105 years) from the 1998 and 2008 iterations of the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Study.
Source: Junfang Xu, Jian Wang, Anders Wimo, Laura Fratiglioni, and Chengxuan Qiu (January 2017)
Using a societal, prevalence-based, gross cost-of-illness approach and data from multiple sources, the authors estimated or predicted total annual economic costs of dementia in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). They included direct medical costs in outpatient and inpatient settings, direct non-medical costs – e.g. the costs of transportation – and indirect costs due to loss of productivity.
Source: World Economic Forum, 2016
This report outlines the activities of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Ageing from 2014 to 2016. The council examined the intersection of cognition, longevity, technology and financial services. It hosted four symposia to fulfill its mandate of helping detect and mitigate age-related cognitive decline and its effects.