A policy framework in response to the longevity revolution

Every second, two people in the world celebrate their 65th birthday. Many millions go on to live an additional five to forty years. These extra years of life are nothing short of a revolution – a longevity revolution.

Active Ageing: A Policy Framework in Response to the Longevity Revolution
revisits the World Health Organization’s 2002 Active Ageing: A Policy Framework in light of the most current demographic and social trends. It explores new data and information about the determinants of active ageing and adds lifelong learning as a fourth pillar of the active ageing concept. The report explores how the longevity revolution combined with current global trends is changing the face of ageing around the world. In doing so, it challenges us to rethink the traditional life-course model. Most importantly, the report provides a comprehensive set of recommendations for policy, research and practice that will enable us to fulfil the promise and potential of much longer lives.

The major challenges and recommendations identified in the above mentioned 2002 policy framwork remain just as relevant in 2015. They are nuanced and expanded by new evidence, the dynamic nature of the longevity revolution and changing global trends.
International agencies and non-governmental organizations have collectively called for a strengthening of the active ageing approach. There have been significant advances in research, policies and practice but, given the magnitude and speed of the longevity revolution and its all-encompassing impacts, the worldwide response remains far too timid.

report Active Ageing: A Policy Framework in Response to the Longevity Revolution, which was written and produced by the International Longevity Centre Brazil, casts the spotlight on older people as the next population group requiring legal measures, policies and practices that protect and promote their rights. At the same time, the longevity revolution requires actions that support all generations equitably.

Click here to go to the website of ILC Brasil and to download the (summary of the) report.