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Public Health Response To Ageing

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A longer life brings with it opportunities, not only for older people and their families, but also for societies as a whole. Additional years provide the chance to pursue new activities such as further education, a new career or pursuing a long neglected passion. Older people also contribute in many ways to their families and communities. Between 2015 and 2050, the percentage of the world's population over 60 years will nearly double from 12% to 22% (WHO, 2015). In the 17 years between 1992 and 2009, admissions to skilled nursing facilities increased almost threefold. 1.3 million Americans now live in nursing homes (Institute of aging, 2012). Beyond biological changes, ageing is also associated with other life transitions such as retirement, relocation to more appropriate housing, and the death of friends and partners.
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