RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD CHARTER PALLIATIVE CARE FOR OLDER PEOPLE
Between 2000 and 2050 the proportion of the world’s population aged over 60 years will double and the number of persons aged 80 years or over is projected to increase by almost fourfold.
Each older person has full value and human rights, and contributes to society including when fragile and in need of care.
Serious chronic conditions, end of life, death and bereavement affect every aspect of peoples’ lives, including the family, friends and community in which they live.
Older persons frequently have poor access to appropriate health care services and Palliative Care is no exception to this. They often report symptoms less, problems are put down to ‘age’. Psychological, social and spiritual issues are less recognised.
By the year 2050 the world’s population aged over 60 will double and the one over 80 will increase by almost fourfold *.
Therefore the need to take care of people affected with chronic or incurable illness in the final part of their life will increase.
Palliative Care is the best answer to face suffering and to ensure the care of the person in its totality with respect to their emotional and spiritual life, in every part of the world, regardless of any socio-economic condition or religious belief.
The Charter will reinforce universal consensus on this type of care to build awareness with Institutions and Public Opinion globally, also via leaders and religious organizations.