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Framework for integrated community-based life-long health and care services in aged societies

Name: Framework for integrated community-based life-long health and care services in aged societies

Identifier: IWA 18:2016

Issuing Organisation: ISO

Country: International

Language: English

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Type: Standard

Issue Year: 2016

Forward Review Date: Not known

Fields: Assistive Technologies  Communication and Information  Digital Health  Health and Wellbeing  Housing and Care Facilities 

Intended Audiences: Carers, Governmental and Public Sector Bodies, and Professional and Trade Bodies


IWA 18:2016 provides guidelines for addressing challenges faced by societies that have been unable to adapt to an ageing population. It can also be used by stakeholders as a useful reference at regional or global level.
IWA 18:2016 addresses health, care and social challenges (including health care needs, daily living tasks, well-being, combating isolation and keeping safe) to ensure that the needs of individuals continue to be met as they grow older. It also outlines principles related to ethics, community-based solutions, integration, person-centred solutions and innovation.

Relevance to Active and Healthy Ageing: High

Older Person Specific: Yes

Usage / Adoption status: Not known


The terms “ageing society” (where more than 7% are 65 years or older) and “aged society” (where more than 14 % are 65 years or older) are derived from past UN population reports. The term “super-aged society” (where more than 21 % are 65 years or older) is an extension of these terms. It is used in the academia and government of Japan and is gradually spreading into use in international news arenas.

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