On October 1, 2019, the International Day of Older Persons, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a package of tools, including a digital application to help health and social workers provide better care for older people. The innovative interactive digital application, known as WHO ICOPE Handbook App, provides practical guidance to address priority conditions including mobility limitations, malnutrition, vision and hearing loss, cognitive decline, depressive symptoms, and social care and support.
Used in conjunction with a package of tools including a new handbook, the app will accelerate training of health and social workers to better address the diverse needs of older people. The world’s population is aging at a fast pace. By 2050, one in five people will be over 60. The number of aged over 80 is projected to triple from 143 million in 2019 to 426 million in 2050. While every older person is different, physical and mental capacity tend to decline with increasing age.
The Integrated Care for Older People package of tools is the result of two years of extensive consultations with leading experts and stakeholders including civil society representatives. The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals recognize that development will only be achievable if it is inclusive of people of all ages. Empowering older persons and enabling their full participation and social inclusion in good health are ways to reduce inequalities.
The World Health Organization’s mission is to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable. Working through offices in more than 150 countries, the World Health Organization staff work side by side with governments and other partners to ensure the highest attainable level of health for all people.
This was reported by the World Health Organization on September 30, 2019.
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