Wednesday, 04 January 2017 07:50
The fact that we are living longer is a real and growing issue for many governments and community providers, placing increased demands on areas such as healthcare and safety. A new International Workshop Agreement aims to provide the foundation on which more solutions can be built.
There is no denying that populations around the world are ageing at rates never seen before. According to aÂÂ United Nations report on world population, the number of people aged 60 or over is expected to live more than double by 2050, and more than triple by 2100. This brings pressure on governments and community service providers to prepare and adapt to ensure their health and well-being, and active participation in society.
Experts from government, public health, product manufacturers and health research were brought together in a workshop to discuss and develop a framework of the fundamental principles that should be addressed when providing community-based, integrated health and care services for aged societies.
This discussion resulted in a new ISO International Workshop AgreementÂÂ –ÂÂ IWA 18:2016,ÂÂ Framework for integrated community-based life-long health and care services in aged societies – developed to help address the challenges posed by an ageing population, such as healthcare, well-being and combatting isolation.