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Life expectancy of Samoans falls from 100 to 70 - Pension Office says

The life expectancy of Samoans nowadays has dropped to 70 compared to past where people would live up to a 100 years old and more.

This was confirmed to the Samoa Observer by the Pension Office, although they could not provide any further details.

World Health Organisation (W.H.O.) representative in Samoa, Dr. Rasul Baghirov, told the Samoa Observer the organisation has compiled reports on world populations rapidly ageing "with some of the fastest change occurring in low- and middle-income countries".

“Promoting healthy ageing, and building systems to meet the needs of older adults, will be sound investments in a future where older people have the freedom to be and do what they value,” the W.H.O report said.

Healthy ageing is defined by the W.H.O. report on ageing and health as the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables well-being in older age.

The strategy is a significant step forward in establishing a framework for member states, the W.H.O. Secretariat and partners to contribute to achieving the vision that all people can live long and healthy lives. 

Mr. Baghirov referred to the report as a way to help Samoan people have an idea of how to live longer and grow older.

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