In order to realize their right to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, older persons must have access to age-friendly and affordable healthcare information and services that meet their needs, including preventive, curative and long-term care. A life course perspective should include health promotion and disease prevention activities that focus on maintaining independence, preventing and delaying disease and disability, and providing treatment.
An age-friendly physical environment with affordable housing and easily accessible transportation encourage active ageing and are essential to maintain independence, facilitate social contacts and permit older persons to remain active members of the society.
The conference stresses the need to address current societal inequalities by ensuring equal access of all segments of the population to education, employment, healthcare and basic social services that will enable people to live decently in the present and save for the future.
Increased consumption of fast food, lack of adequate exercise, sedentary lifestyle and air pollution have resulted in Indians increasingly falling prey to lifestyle-related ailments such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, chronic kidney and respiratory diseases, etc.
Health and wellness are essential for a sustainable future and, in order to thrive, it is vital for societies to be physically and mentally healthy. Alternate therapy and beauty and fitness contribute significantly to the wellness industry in India.
Among the most urgent concerns of older persons is Income Security. These issues are also among the greatest challenges for Governments faced with ageing population.
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