Live Long and Prosper: World Health Day Is April 7

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System Overload

Health systems in poorer countries will need to adapt to meet the needs of older people as the population of elderly continues to grow in low- and middle-income countries, warned the WHO.

 

The agency estimates that by 2050, 80 percent of older people will live in low- and middle-income countries who are already struggling to meet the needs of elderly people with chronic health conditions. In all countries, within the next five years, the number of adults aged 65 and over will outnumber children under the age of 5 for the first time in history. 

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