Building Workforce Capacity to Promote Healthy Aging and Limit Non-Communicable Disease related Harm

Building Workforce Capacity to Promote Healthy Aging and Limit Non-Communicable Disease related Harm

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Course closure: February 28th

Language: English

Level: Specialised

Duration: 40 hours

Participation cost: The activity has flat-rate of $250 USD per participant, which only covers tuiition. All transportation, accommodation and meal expenses shall be borne by the participant or its institution.


The general objective of the workshop is to understand the differences between elderly health status and welfare in order to contribute to social policy design, the design of future health services and needs for social assistance systems, so as to guarantee the older population an adequate material and health status.


  • Understand the regional populational aging trends
  • Understand the relationship between aging and NCD development
  • Understand the changes in health status associated with aging.
  • Calculate the cost of NCD’s and pinpoint the most costly NCDs regionally
  • Develop strategies for self -care which promote healthy aging and to reduce cost and human burden.


A large number of countries on the world stage have seen a drop in fertility and death rates. Coupled with an increase in life expectancy, this has changed the age structure of the population, increasing the number of those 60 and older and reducing the numbers of younger people in the general population who contribute to a strong economic base.

Additionally, the main causes of death are changing, due in part to an increase in longevity. Between 1990 and 2013 there has been a 42% increase in the number of non-communicable disease (NCDs) death rates. Deaths and disability from NCDs is growing in developed and developing countries. In 2015 in the Americas, there were 6.5 million deaths of which 80 % were due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs).


It is true that life expectancy has gone up considerably, but healthy life expectancy (which merely measures the years in good health) for 2015 was just 63.1 years globally. In the Americas, gaps between life expectancy at birth (LEB) and healthy life expectancy (HLE) vary according to region: i) North America: 79.3 (LEB) and 69.3 (HLE), ii) The Andes 76.4 (LEB) and 66.2 (HLE), iii) Southern Cone 75.4 (LEB) and 66.0 (HLE), iv) Central American: 74.7 (LEB) and 65.7 (HLE), and the Caribbean 72.2 (LEB) and 60.8 (HLE).

This leads to a greater demand for health services and essential care to meet the needs of the older population. Changes in demography indicate a youthful population in the LAC but one that will now have the dual challenges of continuing as a productive labor market and caring for the older population.


  • Regional trends in aging. Healthy life expectancy trends
  • The role of the workforce in maximizing the quality of life
  • The cost of noncommunicable diseases and their impact on Social Security Systems
  • Healthy aging: Prevention and self-care
  • Demand projections for long-term care services


  • Small group discussion
  • Case Study Analysis
  • Role playing and demonstration


Participants will complete objective, written evaluation check lists using a Likert scale. The participants will rate relevance of content, satisfaction with the delivery of materials, and opportunities for new learning.



Professionals from public and private sector social security and health institutions as well as academia and research, representatives.



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