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Our Ageing World

  • Julie BylesEmail author
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Abstract

  • Many people around the world can expect to live well into older age.

  • Increased life expectancy is one of humanities greatest achievements, due to better infant survival, control of fertility and better healthcare throughout life.

  • Older people make productive contributions to their families and communities.

  • Older people’s independence and their potential to contribute to their communities can be limited by preventable disease and disability and by lack of appropriate healthcare.

  • Gender is an important determinant of functional capacity and well-being in older age.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing Faculty of Health, HMRI Public Health Program, Faculty of HealthThe University of NewcastleNewcastleAustralia

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