We live in a rapidly aging world, in which people who are 60 years and older outnumber children under the age of five. This book reveals large and growing gaps in care for older adults in countries at all income levels and shows how to leverage reforms for improving health outcomes for older adults and create healthier, more prosperous communities.
Aimed at policy makers and other health and development stakeholders who want to promote healthier aging, Silver Opportunity compiles the latest evidence on care needs and gaps for aging populations. It argues that primary health care (PHC) should be the cornerstone of integrated service delivery for older people, but that PHC systems must first build their capacity to respond to older people's health needs. It presents an original framework for policy action to advance PHC-centered, integrated senior care; documents the experiences of pioneering countries in delivering community-based care to older people; and provides recommendations for decision-makers. The framework presents four policy levers to improve health care for seniors--financing, innovation, regulation, and evaluation and measurement--or FIRE. Finally, the book posits that by acting now, countries can leverage population aging to accelerate progress toward health equity and Universal Health Coverage (UHC).