The rise in life expectancy and fall in mortality at older ages has brought with it a fear of an increased burden of chronic disease to society. Data suggest that these fears are perhaps overly pessimistic and that the proportion of one’s life spent in ill health may actually be falling. There are numerous advancements and strategies, medical and non-medical, that are already being implemented to compress morbidity in society. Our ageing population is definitely not a crisis but is a challenge we need to address.