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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