This summer IAHSA and nine other global organizations [listed below] petitioned  the United Nations to add ageing and dementia, alongside cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases, to the list of non-communicable diseases to be discussed by global heads of state at the United Nations Summit on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) in September.  Because of our concerted action, the recently published Final Declaration reflects our success in gaining recognition for dementia and ageing as important global health issues.

Seventy –five percent of the 35 million deaths from NCD’s worldwide affect people age 60 and over, the majority of whom live in low and middle income countries.   The UN”s attention to these startling facts should be a call to action for global efforts to meet the needs of all who are affected by NCD’s.  Individually and collectively, countries around the world  need to advance policies and practices to help shift the behavior of millions of people towards healthier lifestyles and to shift the public and private sector to provide much needed health care treatment and support.

IAHSA is pleased to be part of this important global dialogue. We remain optimistic about the impact of drawing attention to these global ageing issues.

Other organizations supporting the statement:

  • AARP
  • Age UK
  • Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI)
  • HelpAge International
  • The Global Coalition on Aging
  • The International Federation on Ageing (IFA)
  • The International Longevity Centre-UK
  • The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA)
  • The Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance (WPCA)