Aging and Life Course

Together the ILDS, the Global Coalition on Aging (GCOA) and the International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology (IAGG) are working in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and national public health authorities to implement the new WHO Strategy to advance a Life Course of Healthy Skin.

Through the development of a research agenda, including analysis of existing research and a plan for new research, we hope to enhance understanding of the science of skin aging and the resulting physical, mental and social implications.

  • Analysis of the economic and fiscal impact of healthy skin on active and healthy aging.
  • Establishment of a global network of Centres of Excellence on skin health to align and set the goals of the aging and dermatology communities and coordinate a global plan to meet those goals.
  • Development of core curricula and training programs in academic settings including public health, medical and nursing schools, as well as for caregivers. This includes embedding practices of healthy skin into all elder caregiving, including long term care and home care.
  • Promotion of innovation through new technologies, products and care methods to help prevent skin deterioration and assist in maintaining good skin health across the life course.

The ILDS, GCOA and IAGG have released a consensus statement on A Life Course of Healthy Skin.