WHO launches digital healthcare technology tool to help aged care staff improve care for older people – and avoid ‘care dependency’

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Called the ‘WHO ICOPE Handbook App’, the interactive digital application provides practical guidance for conditions such as mobility limitations, malnutrition, vision and hearing loss, cognitive decline, depressive symptoms and social care and support.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the app is needed because the world’s population is ageing at a fast pace, with one in five people to be over 60 by 2050.

Dr Islene Araujo de Carvalho, the group lead on aging and integrated care at the WHO, said the innovation will help prevent older people becoming socially isolated and dependent on care.

“Intervening close to where older people live, with active participation of the community and older persons themselves, is essential for a personalised care plan,” she stated.