Old Age - Our Future

The Pontifical Academy for Life, on Feb. 9, 2021, released an 11-page "note" titled, "Old Age: Our Future. The Elderly After the Pandemic." It is available in six languages on the Pontifical Academy for Life website.

It notes that the needs of older people must be met and their gifts appreciated and that renewed attention and new solutions must be given to assisted living facilities, architectural barriers, friendships and social support networks, in-home caregivers, families and younger family members and opportunities in parishes. Too, it offers a reflection on the importance of the elderly and the challenges the older generation faces and will face, given the World Health Organization's estimate that by 2050, the world will have 2 billion people over the age of 60, that is, one out of every five people in the world.

CHA is developing several related resources and events. Please visit this page to access new items as well as those available below. For additional information, please contact CHA.

Old Age — Our Future Webinars and Conversation

To emphasize the messages and create opportunities for sharing between ministries, CHA, the Community of Sant’Egidio and Catholic Charities USA, offer a four-part webinar series to highlight the themes of the document, Old Age: Our Future – The elderly after pandemic.

Upcoming Events

CHA Social Media Resources

CHA has created GIFs of some of the most inspiring quotes from the document to assist in publicizing the document. Please feel free to download and share them through your own media channels. Please use the hashtag #CatholicHealth

Note for downloading: download the MP4 file by right clicking on the link you'd like to save and select "Save target as..." (IE) or "Save link as..."(FF and  Chrome).