|World Health Day 2012 - "Ageing and Health"|
Every year, World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. World Health Day is a global campaign, inviting everyone – from global leaders to the public in all countries – to focus on a single health challenge with global impact. Focusing on new and emerging health issues, World Health Day provides an opportunity to start collective action to protect people's health and well-being. It is an opportunity to engage in finding solutions that benefit us all.
"Good health adds life to years"
The topic of World Health Day in 2012 is Ageing and Health with the theme "Good health adds life to years". The focus is how good health throughout life can help older men and women lead full and productive lives and be a resource for their families and communities. Ageing concerns each and every one of us – whether young or old, male or female, rich or poor – no matter where we live.
Over the past century life expectancy has increased dramatically and the world will soon have more older people than children. The 2001 census counts the proportion of Indian population above the age of 60 years as 77 million that is about 7.4% of the entire population. Healthy ageing is a priority area of global concern for the World Health Organization.