In 2002 the WHO set out a policy framework for Active Ageing, so why does the City of Bayswater not have a specific "Active Ageing Plan"? I am committed to ensuring that an Active Ageing strategic plan and policy is put in place. The World Health Organisation (WHO) identified that many communities worldwide have a larger proportion of older people than ever before. A sustained period of low birth rates combined with longer life spans means that both the proportion and number of older people is rapidly growing. It is expected that by the year 2050, 22% of the world’s population will be aged over 60, outnumbering the proportion of children under 14 years of age for the first time in human history. Ageing populations, combined with an increase in urbanisation are two major global trends shaping the 21st Century and the implications will be profound if they are not well planned for. Without structures, facilities and services to support an ageing population, the well-being and productivity of entire communities could be severely compromised. With this in mind, the WHO recommended that the long term future needs of older people should be considered in planning for urban developments, in shaping policies and in providing services.
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What is Active Ageing? Active ageing is the process of optimising opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age.
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