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The aging of the world population-developed and developing-countries is an indicator of improving health in the world. The number of people with 60 years or more worldwide has doubled since 1980, and is expected to reach 2 billion by 2050.


This is something that should gladden us. Older people make important contributions to society, either within their families, doing voluntary work or participating actively in the labor force. The wisdom they have acquired throughout his life becomes an essential social resource.


However, these advantages are accompanied by special health challenges for the twenty-first century. It is important to prepare health care providers and societies to enable them to meet the specific needs of the elderly. This includes providing training to health professionals about the health care of older persons; prevent and treat chronic diseases associated with aging; develop sustainable policies on long-term palliative care; and design services tailored to the elderly environments.


The sooner we act, the more likely we are to make this global transformation for all. Countries that invest in healthy aging can expect a significant social and economic benefits for the entire community.