In launching this report Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin established a benchmark for meeting the challenges of aging in the 21st century when he said:

. “People everywhere must age with dignity and security, enjoying life through the full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

His words resonate with a challenge for many of the worlds governments and communities. Where we marginalise or trivialize our older citizens we fail this challenge.

Today we have 1 in every 9 people in the world over 60 years old and by 2050 it is projected that this ratio will increase to 1 in 5. This growth trajectory challenges not only those individuals who are ageing, but also their families and community.

Government and civil society are part of the ageing citizen’s broader community. As representatives of the individual and their community these organisations have an important role to play in leading a coordinated and planned response to this demographic shift. The report identifies the priorities for action if we are to ‘reap the benefits of the “longevity dividend”‘

Read full report Aging in the 21st Century: A celebration and a challenge

Key areas for attention identified in the report include
1. Income security
2. Access to quality health care
3. Enabling environments

The report identifies 10 key actions for society. It is a must read for all community leaders. Urge you local MP to read the report and be part of local action.