United Kingdom health promotion initiatives for healthy aging

Susan Dawkes, Simon T. Cheung

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People are living longer but not, unfortunately, living longer healthy lives as there is an increasing number of years spent in ill-health from the age of 65 years onwards. Rates of chronic non-communicable diseases are increasing. This purpose of this chapter is to describe how modern healthcare aims to involve patients more in their care (so called self-management) to reduce the incidence of complications linked to chronic disease while attempting to promote healthy ageing. Support for patients' self-management is multifaceted but patients require support from healthcare professionals and this will be discussed as well as the educational requirements of the healthcare professionals who support those patients. How well nurses are prepared for giving patients health promotion advice will be described using an example of research from the United Kingdom. The chapter will conclude with an outline of how healthcare professionals are considered as role models for healthy living.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Health and Long-Term Care Solutions for an Aging Population
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781522526346
ISBN (Print)9781522526339
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017


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