Please find here a new report on global aging:

An Aging World: 2015

‘The world population continues to grow older rapidly as fertility rates have fallen to very low levels in most world regions and people tend to live longer. When the global population reached 7 billion in 2012, 562 million (or 8.0 percent) were aged 65 and over. In 2015, 3 years later, the older population rose by 55 million and the proportion of the older population reached 8.5 percent of the total population…’

This ageing population will place increasing demands on health systems and health professionals. Old age brings a much higher burden of disease with co-existence of multiple morbidity, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia. Health professionals will need more than ever to have the skills, information, medicines and resources to deal with increasingly complex cases.

Best wishes, Neil

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