Monday, 15 April 2013

Concept of Healthy Ageing

Topic: Concept of Healthy Ageing

My views:  Health is often considered to be related with physical and psychological fitness, however, based on my PhD work and my real life experiences of working with senior citizens, I found that healthy ageing also comprises of socio-economic well-being and spiritual growth.

Socio-economic well-being is influenced by various factors such as getting respect and importance in old age by family and society, being financially secure and being able to avail the social security benefits from government.Even World Health Organization and Biopsychosocial model of health emphasizes on the social dimension of health along with physical and psychological dimension.

Spiritual growth is mainly related to self-actualization which comes with sense of contentment and satisfaction with one's life in old age.

In my opinion healthy ageing means being physically active and mobile, having positive outlook in life,being socially and financially secure and having a sense of contentment with life, irrespective of the problem faced and dissatisfaction experienced. It is a holistic concept and it cannot be achieved by senior citizens alone until and unless, the family, civil society and government works at their end in helping the senior citizens experience this state.

Points to ponder: What is the concept of healthy ageing in your view?

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