“Better not eat that. It’ll give you cancer. Didn’t you hear about that report?” the woman asked, as her friend reached for the bacon at the cafeteria breakfast bar.
The world’s population is rapidly aging. Such increased longevity brings opportunity and is something to celebrate, but it also brings challenges. Fortunately, there’s an increasing recognition that we need to create environments and systems that enable people to stay as healthy as possible as they age.
Trust me, you don't want to have problems getting around and be in Venice, Italy. Venice is an amazing city - the culture, the architecture, the food and the canals. But there are more than 400 bridges - many of them footbridges. You're walking to yet another lovely square and, guess what? All of a sudden there are steep steps up and down if you want to continue on your way. Good luck if you're not up to the task - and on a recent visit there, I saw many older men and women who weren't.
A new report from the World Health Organization says dementia cases are set to triple worldwide by 2050. In 2010, 35.6 million people globally had dementia, the WHO said. That figure is expected to double by 2030, to 65.7 million cases. By 2050, it's expected to triple, to 115.million dementia cases.
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