WHO releases special journal issue on measuring healthy ageing
The World Health Organisation (WHO) have released a Special Issue on Measurements of Healthy Ageing in collaboration with Age and Ageing.
The issue was launched at an event on 30th October 2023, with talks from Professor Jean-Yves Reginster, Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Epidemiology of Musculoskeletal Conditions and Ageing, Professor Rowan Harwood, Editor of Age and Ageing, United Kingdom & Co-chair of the WHO Technical Advisory Group for Measurement of Healthy Ageing (TAG4MHA), Dr Anshu Banerjee, Director of Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health and Ageing at WHO, and Regius Professor Rose Anne Kenny, Principal Investigator of the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA).
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Professor Kenny stated that "Trinity College in Ireland is excited to work with WHO to champion systematic collation of comparative data to address extant and future global ageing requirements," noted Regius Rose Anne Kenny, Principal Investigator of the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA)."
The biggest challenge in measuring healthy ageing is a lack of consistency across data, stemming from the wide range of ways to collect and analyse data. In response, the Special Issue aims to help ensure measurement concepts are clearly defined and offer a route to greater harmonization of measurement approaches.
The partnership between WHO and the Age and Ageing journal marks a significant step towards addressing knowledge gaps on measurement, in order to change global perception of ageing. By understanding and addressing the unique needs and abilities of older people, societies can progress towards a world where everyone ages with dignity and fulfillment.
Article originally posted on https://who.int/news/item/30-10-2023-who-releases-special-journal-issue-on-measuring-healthy-ageing