Public health challenges and responses to the growing ageing populations: A review of literature

Khan, Hafiz T.A. ORCID:, Addo, Kwaku Mari and Findlay, Helen (2024) Public health challenges and responses to the growing ageing populations: A review of literature. (Submitted)

[thumbnail of PDF/A]
paper.pdf - Draft Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (115kB) | Preview


Background: Human populations are rapidly ageing worldwide due to declining birth rates and rising life expectancies. This profound demographic shift presents complex public health challenges. Synthesizing evidence on key public health issues impacting ageing populations and policy strategies is required to address these needs.
Methods: Narrative literature review on the PubMed database. Data extracted on public health challenges and recommended policy solutions affecting ageing populations.
Results: The key public health challenges identified include rising chronic disease burden; risks for preventable multi-morbidities and co-morbidities; disability and dependencies; mental health issues; caregiving gaps; long-term care system deficiencies; health inequities; healthcare access barriers; end-of-life care needs; financial instability; ageism/elder abuse; adverse built environments; climate/disaster threats; and social isolation. Evidence-based policy responses span interventions in healthcare, social services, urban planning, emergency preparedness, economics, technology, anti-ageism advocacy, and many more.
Conclusions: Proactively addressing the array of public health challenges faced by rapidly growing ageing populations globally requires implementing collaborative, multisectoral policy solutions focused on promoting healthy, equitable, and socially engaged ageing. Healthcare systems, communities, and policies must be optimized to meet the needs of older people and tap into their strengths.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Medicine and health
Depositing User: Hafiz T.A. Khan
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2024 16:27
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2024 21:39


Downloads per month over past year

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item