We are delighted to announce that the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing research report “Ageing in the Commonwealth” commissioned by the Commonwealth Association for the Ageing (CommonAge) was launched on 12 March.
This research explores how the demographics and challenges of ageing differ across Commonwealth countries and examines how governments and societies are responding.
Findings show even in the poorest and slowest ageing Commonwealth countries, where a majority of deaths are still caused by communicable diseases, poor nutrition and childbirth, a large and growing proportion of the population is surviving to ages where elders are more likely to die from chronic non-communicable conditions than anything else. Thanks to improved healthcare systems, longevity is increasing in the Commonwealth, but many older people are experiencing increasing frailty and loneliness and may not necessarily be enjoying their extra years of life.
The presentation of the research report will take place as part of the inaugural “Commonwealth Elders’ Forum”, 16-18 April 2018, at the Wokefield Park Conference Centre, Berkshire. This inaugural Forum is linked to the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, when the leaders of 53 independent member countries will meet to address key global challenges and agree how to work together for the welfare and common good of its 2.4 billion citizens.