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World Health Day 2012 – This Saturday!

Information from the World Health Organization website:

Every year, World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the anniversary of the founding of World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. Each year a theme is selected for World Health Day that highlights a priority area of concern for WHO.

The official slogan for World Health Day 2012 is “Good health adds life to years”. Ageing is inevitable, but everyone ages differently. Even if we are young at heart, we need to maintain our physical, mental and social well-being to stay healthy and independent well into old age. Beyond our wish to add years to life, we need to add life to years.

Here are some key facts about Ageing:

  • The number of people today aged 60 and over has doubled since 1980.
  • The number of people aged 80 years will almost quadruple to 395 million between now and 2050.
  • Within the next five years, the number of adults aged 65 and over will outnumber children under the age of 5.
  • By 2050, these older adults will outnumber all children under the age of 14.
  • The majority of older people live in low- or middle-income countries. By, 2050, this number will have increased to 80%.

So, as you read this post I challenge you to think about how you can help improve the physical, mental or social well-being of an older adult this week. Here are some ideas:

  • Call or visit an older family member and reconnect with them
  • Volunteer at an assisted living facility – many older adults in these facilities have few visitors
  • Strike up a conversation with an older adult while waiting to buy your groceries
  • Set up a time for your kids to hang out with their grandparents

Remember, good health adds life to years!

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