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A life-course model for healthier ageing: lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic | #elderly | #seniors | #execrise


The COVID-19 pandemic uprooted assumptions on which societies function, and profoundly changed daily life. Because the disease disproportionately affected people older than 65 years, the pandemic generated a sense of vulnerability in many older people who were previously enjoying a newfound sense of healthy ageing. Older adults face substantially higher mortality rates from COVID-19 compared with their younger counterparts and, even when they recover, present with more severe symptoms. Older people are also vulnerable to indirect impacts of COVID-19, including food insecurity, social isolation, and financial instability. These issues are even more devastating among residents of long-term care facilities that have become hotspots for COVID-19 transmission and mortality.

Amidst the pandemic, we are living through a demographic transition reshaping the global population. Between 2019 and 2050, the number of people aged 65 years or older will increase from 703 million to 1·5 billion, and by 2050, more than two-thirds of the total population of older adults will occur in less developed countries.

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UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
World population ageing.