Using health promotion to support healthy aging

Lesley Hayes Senior Lecturer in Nursing, School of Health, Science and Wellbeing, Staffordshire University, Stafford, England

Christine Helene Cartwright Senior Lecturer in Mental Health, School of Health, Science and Wellbeing, Staffordshire University, Stafford, England

Why should you read this article:
  • • Understand the factors that influence the health of the elderly

  • • Learn more about the role of health promotion in the health of older people

  • • To develop health promotion strategies you can use to support healthy aging

Healthy aging has been defined as the process of developing and maintaining functional capacity which enables well-being in old age. However, as people get older, many will develop chronic illnesses. Therefore, while life expectancy around the world has increased, this does not necessarily translate into a full and healthy life expectancy, with disability and poor health often negatively affecting a person’s end of life. . This article examines the nursing skills required to help older people lead healthy lives amid increasing levels of chronic disease. Nurses have a critical role to play in supporting improvements in the health of older adults by providing targeted solutions such as lifestyle changes, strengthened social networks and increased resilience.

Nursing standard.
do I: 10.7748 / ns.2021.e11693

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This article has been externally double-blind peer reviewed and checked for plagiarism using automated software


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Conflict of interest

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Hayes L, Cartwright CH (2021) Using health promotion to support healthy aging. Standard of nursing care. doi: 10.7748 / ns.2021.e11693

Uploaded: September 27, 2021

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