Contemporary Issues in Gerontology: Promoting Positive Ageing

By V. Minichiello; I. Coulson | Go to book overview

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The role of health promotion in
healthy ageing

Rafat Hussain

Rodrigo Mariño

Irene Coulson

This chapter provides an overview of the definition and measurement approaches for some of the key terms such as 'quality of life' and 'active ageing', followed by a discussion of the link between ageing and health promotion using a variety of examples from past research into these issues. The principles and issues in provision of health promotion for older adults are discussed to assist readers to develop skills in developing health promotion programs for older population subgroups.

Why are ageing, quality of life and health important to us all? Throughout the world the ageing process unifies us as a human race and defines us all. The fact that the world's population is ageing is a triumph for the human race. We all age, and collectively we yearn for quality of life and good health in later life. Because human beings must grow older, the ageing process and health is an issue that concerns us all. Health is largely determined by cultural factors, economic status, gender, personal values, race, age and geography (WHO 2002). The traditional definition of health, the absence of disease or disability, is inappropriate for older persons. While older persons can experience disability, they can still achieve improved quality of life and good health. Definitions of health for older people must include 'health and well-being as inseparable from identities and experiences accumulated throughout

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