Achieving Equitable Healthy Ageing in Low- and Middle-Income Countries


The Aging Readiness & Competitiveness Report from AARP

Ageing inequity—the cumulative effect of inequalities experienced throughout a person’s lifespan—is becoming an increasingly urgent issue in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). These countries are driving an unprecedented global wave of demographic ageing. Between 2022 and 2050, LMICs will account for 85% of the population growth of people aged 65 and over worldwide, and by 2050 roughly four out of five older adults will live in these countries. Meanwhile, persistent and unfair differences experienced by older adults—which are often based on demographic and socio-economic factors—pose a major roadblock to these countries’ promotion of healthy ageing and pursuit of sustained economic and social development.

This presents an immediate need to tackle ageing inequity in LMICs. However, a significant knowledge gap exists in understanding the challenges and efforts around ageing in these countries, which is preventing effective action. The fourth iteration of the Aging Readiness and Competitiveness Initiative (ARC 4.0) aims to remedy these gaps, identify and amplify solutions and leading practices, and contribute to the global endeavour to achieve equitable healthy ageing.