Forty-seventh session


Ageing and Health

         The Regional Committee,

         Recalling resolutions WHA32.25, WHA35.28, WHA40.29, WPR/RC32.R15 and WPR/RC36.R23 on health of the elderly;

         Noting the issues raised in the report of the Regional Director on Health of the elderly;*

         Recognizing that the population of the Region is ageing rapidly;

         Considering the wide-ranging implications of extensive and rapid population ageing on the health, social and economic circumstances, and quality of life of older persons;

         Noting that 1999 will be the International Year of Older Persons;

  1. URGES Member States:
    (1) to formulate policies and strengthen programmes to improve the health and quality of life of older persons consistent with the concepts outlined in New horizons in health;
    (2) to collect gender-specific data on health issues related to ageing;
    (3) to strengthen intercountry cooperation;
  2. REQUESTS the Regional Director:
    (1) to continue collaboration with Member States in the formulation of policies and development of national programmes for the health of older persons;
    (2) to promote studies, research and data collection on health and ageing and facilitate information exchange;
    (3) to report progress to the Regional Committee at its forty-ninth session in 1998.

* WPR/RC47/13

13 September 1996

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