John R Beard, Alana Offi cer, Islene Araujo de Carvalho, Ritu Sadana, Anne Margriet Pot, Jean-Pierre Michel, Peter Lloyd-Sherlock,
Although populations around the world are rapidly ageing, evidence that increasing longevity is being accompanied by
an extended period of good health is scarce. A coherent and focused public health response that spans multiple sectors
and stakeholders is urgently needed. To guide this global response, WHO has released the fi rst World report on ageing
and health, reviewing current knowledge and gaps and providing a public health framework for action. The report is
built around a redefi nition of healthy ageing that centres on the notion of functional ability: the combination of the
intrinsic capacity of the individual, relevant environmental characteristics, and the interactions between the individual
and these characteristics. This Health Policy highlights key fi ndings and recommendations from the report.