The World Health Organization (WHO) has this week launched a new package of tools, including a digital application to help support care of older people.
It comes at a time when current projections suggest the number of people aged over 80 will rise from 143 million to 426 million by 2050.
The interactive digital application, the WHO ICOPE (Integrated Care for Older People) Handbook App, aims to provide practical guidance to address priority conditions including mobility limitations, malnutrition, vision and hearing loss, cognitive decline, depressive symptoms, and social care and support.
The WHO says that used in conjunction with a package of tools, the app will accelerate training of health and social workers to better address the diverse needs of older people.
“It is essential that services for older people are included in universal health care packages. At the same time, there needs to be good coordination between the health and social services to provide optimal care when needed. The new package of tools supports healthy ageing with a person-centred and coordinated model of care,” says Dr Anshu Banerjee, director of the department of maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and ageing at WHO.