IAPB has been active in influencing the development of the WHO Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health (GSAP) to be considered for adoption this May at the World Health Assembly. This has included contributing to consultations with some issues successfully taken up. Speaking with members of the WHO ageing and life-course team at the consultation in Geneva in October last year, their feedback to me was very promising about attention to eye health; and the draft GSAP reflects this.
Importantly the GSAP emphasises the importance of preserving or restoring people’s ‘intrinsic capacities’ such as sight and hearing amongst others, and when impairments or health conditions are permanent ensuring the right enabling environments (physical, policy, social) so that people can live well later in life.
The GSAP acknowledges that problems that frequently affect older persons including loss of sight and hearing are often missed by health professionals. It emphasises that there can be lack of guidance in recognizing and managing impairments and geriatric syndromes and also that early markers of functional decline are often not noticed for timely treatment. It stresses that the needs of older persons be addressed in a person-centred...Read More