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Monday, 19 February 2018 15:32

Growing old gracefully with a new ISO technical committee for ageing societies

The world’s population is ageing, just like us. As we enter the era of “super-aged societies,” governments, communities and businesses need to adapt. A new ISO technical committee has just been formed to help.

In 2017, the number of people aged 60 years or over worldwide was more than twice as big as in 1980, and it is expected to double again by 2050 to reach nearly 2.1 billion. The changing demographics of our society brings with it pressures and challenges ranging from everything to healthcare to the local bus. But opportunities, too, are rife. The recently formed ISO technical committee ISO/TC 314, Ageing societiesaims to develop standards and solutions across a wide range of areas, to tackle the challenges posed as well as harness the opportunities that ageing populations bring.

ISO/TC 314 Secretary Nele Zgavc from BSI, ISO’s member for the UK, said dementia, preventative care, ageing workforces, technologies and accessibility are just some of the areas of standardization that the committee proposes to work on. “Ageing societies have global implications,” she said. “Governments and service providers need to effectively cater to the needs of their populations as they age for the benefit of society as a whole. There is a crucial need for standards to support this in order to provide a high-quality level of service and harness the opportunities that ageing societies hold.”