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mHealth Alliance and Pfizer Call for Collective Action on Mobile Health for Healthy Aging
Date:10/1/2013

Washington, DC and New York, NY (PRWEB) October 01, 2013

Today, as the world recognized the UN International Day of Older Persons, the mHealth Alliance and Pfizer launched a call to action for researchers, implementers, health workers, donors, governments and the private sector to prioritize mHealth as a powerful tool for aging populations in developing countries.

In 2000, the number of people in the world over the age of 65 was more than 500 million, with this number expected to triple by 2050, according to the World Health Organization. The largest growth will occur in low- and middle-income countries, where health systems are often unprepared to confront the challenges of an expanding, though frequently overlooked and undervalued, elderly population. A new research series addresses the ways that mobile technology can empower older people to take a more proactive role in their own care, as well as help them stay connected socially, which can have positive effects on health and wellbeing.

Building on joint research released last year (Using Mobile Technology for Healthier Aging), the mHealth Alliance and Pfizer surveyed experts in mobile technology, global health and geriatric medicine to identify three key areas related to aging where mobile technology can have a significant impact: 1) prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases; 2) prevention and treatment of mental disease and illness; and 3) support and training for caregivers of the elderly. The results of this survey led to three papers on each identified area, outlining current and potential uses of mHealth and callin
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