Healthy ageing

The population in the WHO European Region is ageing rapidly: its median age is already the highest in the world, and the proportion of people aged 65 and older is forecast to increase from 14% in 2010 to 25% in 2050. People in nearly every part of the Region are living longer, but their chances of spending these later years in good health and well-being vary within and between countries.

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Giving influenza vaccination a boost among older people

October marks the beginning of a new influenza season. While influenza is generally a mild and uncomplicated disease, in older people, as well as in pregnant women, young children and people with chronic diseases, influenza can cause severe disease leading to hospitalization and occasionally death.

Age-friendly environments in Europe (AFEE)

The Age-friendly environments in Europe (AFEE) project is an important contribution of the European Commission and the WHO Regional Office for Europe to step up work with cities and communities towards policies for age-friendly environments in Europe

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