Contained or contagious: the future of infectious disease in ageing societies

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Parsey, Lily
International Longevity Centre - UK
Date of publication
23 September 2019
Older Adults, Health Services
Social welfare
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Increased longevity should be celebrated as one of society’s greatest accomplishments. However, there is still a lot of work to be done to adapt to the new profile of our ageing society if we are to maximise the potential benefits of longevity. And health systems have a key role to play in this.

2018/19 marked the centenary of the deadly Spanish flu (influenza) pandemic. As part of a global programme to explore how policymakers should address the issue of infectious disease in the future, the ILC organised a series of discussion events bringing together policymakers, health systems experts and practitioners in Toronto, London and Boston. This was an opportunity to discuss global progress in tackling infectious disease since the pandemic ended in 1919, the challenges faced by the global community in the context of an ageing population, and how governments, industry and civil society can be better prepared for future outbreaks of infectious disease.

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