Ageing in the 21st Century


A report published by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and HelpAge International investigates the challenges and solutions of aging in the 21st Century. The report is a collaboration of over 20 United Nations entities and major international organizations working in the field of ageing, and it reviews policies and action taken by governments and other stakeholders since the Second World Assembly on Ageing in 2002. The report provides examples of innovative programs that address population aging and the concerns of older persons, and captures the voices of some 1300 older persons themselves.

Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.