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Life expectancy: Myth and reality

21 November 2011

How often have you heard that ageing isn't a problem in the developing world because "life expectancy is below 50"? This arises from a basic misunderstanding of the meaning of "life expectancy", a misunderstanding which can be responsible for... Keep reading (2 Comments)

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NCD summit: Progress made but more focus on treatment and care needed

03 October 2011

HelpAge and our partners have been active in recent months making the case for the better inclusion of ageing and older people in the growing debate on non communicable diseases (NCDs). The UN Summit on NCDs in New York... Keep reading (1 Comment)

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Non-communicable diseases: UN meeting failed to set targets

20 September 2011

Around 75% of the 35 million people who die from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) worldwide are people aged 60 and over, the majority of whom live in low- and middle-income countries. The rapid increase predicted in the number of older... Keep reading (1 Comment)

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Non-Communicable Diseases: UN High Level Meeting must address all age groups

19 September 2011

Despite the prevalence of non-communicable diseases and Alzheimer's in older age, we are concerned that the UN High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) does not focus on younger age groups at the expense of older people. It is... Keep reading (2 Comments)

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Chronic illness - getting older people on the agenda

09 May 2011

It should be a no-brainer. When the UN convened a summit on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) to take place in New York this September, ageing and older people should have been high on the agenda. No reference to older people... Keep reading (2 Comments)

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