Measurements of healthy ageing: Measuring what matters to older people
The World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with Age and Ageing, the journal of the British Geriatrics Society, has released a Special Issue on Measurements of Healthy Ageing. This Special Issue brings together the work of international professionals and experts from over 40 academic institutions, to identify the best available tools to measure what truly matters to older people – their intrinsic capacity and functional ability.
The global demographic shift towards an ageing population presents unique challenges and opportunities, with the number of people aged 60 and over expected to double by 2050 to nearly 2.4 billion.
The biggest challenge in measuring healthy ageing has been the wide range of ways to collect and analyse data. The publication of this Special Issue on Measurements of Healthy Ageing will help to ensure that measurement concepts are clearly defined and offer a route to greater harmonisation of measurement approaches.
The key messages highlighted in Measurements of Healthy Ageing are presented below: