Health & Older People in Ireland & Developing Countries
This booklet aims to raise awareness about the major health challenges affecting older people in both developed and developing countries while also shows the similarities and differences in health and healthcare issues that older people face in Ireland and developing countries.
Since 2000, there have been more people aged 60 or over than children under 5 and by 2030, for the first time in history there will be more people over 60 worldwide than people under 15. Good public policies and major developments in medical science and health systems mean that people are now living longer and healthier. As older people are disproportionately affected by non-communicable diseases the global challenge in health is enormous. This booklet explores non-communicable diseases and older people through comparable case studies in Ireland, India, Mozambique, DRC and Lebanon.