Rethinking definition of “old”

Published Apr 20th 2012

As part of World Health Day, celebrated every 7 April, the World Health Organisation called for urgent action to ensure that “at a time when the world’s population is ageing rapidly, people reach old age in the best possible health.”

“In the next few years, for the first time, there will be more people in the world aged over 60 than children aged less than five. By 2050, 80 per cent of the world’s older people will be living in low- and middle-income countries.”

How exciting to hear a call for a change in attitude to aging coming from the very top. Now, let’s all do what we can to make that change in our daily lives. And influence others to do so as well.

Here’s to a world where 40 isn’t considered old!

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