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A window of opportunity: delivering prevention in an ageing world

Author(s)

HIMAWAN Arunima, PARSEY Lily

Publisher(s):

International Longevity Centre UK

Publication year:

2022

This report brings together findings from the International Longevity Centre (ILC) UK's two-year global engagement programme and data analysis on how to deliver prevention in an ageing world. Key findings include: By 2050, the proportion of people aged 50 and over will increase by 11 percentage points, resulting in 40% of the G20 population being aged over 50; G20 citizens aged 50 and over collectively lived 118 million years with disabilities in 2019 due to largely preventable diseases; and across the G20, preventable conditions cost economies 1.02 trillion USD in yearly productivity loss among those aged 50-64 – this is roughly equivalent to the estimated loss in global worker income for the first half of 2021 as a result of COVID-19. Key actions needed: secure investment in systems designed for prevention, to enable action to: inspire and engage policymakers, healthcare professionals (HCPs) and individuals to invest, promote, and take action on prevention; democratise access to prevention to reduce health inequalities; and use technology effectively to improve access to preventative healthcare, improve uptake rates, reduce barriers, and empower patients. The analysis concludes: that while there are clear health and economic benefits to investing in preventative healthcare throughout people’s lives and despite repeated commitments to prioritise prevention at the G20 level, and the creation of a joint task force involving finance and health ministers, action continues to lag. (Edited publisher abstract)


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