Using health promotion to support healthy ageing
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Using health promotion to support healthy ageing

Lesley Hayes Lecturer in nursing, School of Health, Science and Wellbeing, Staffordshire University, Stafford, England
Christine Helen Cartwright Senior lecturer in mental health, School of Health, Science and Wellbeing, Staffordshire University, Stafford, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To understand the factors that influence the health of older people

  • To learn about the role of health promotion in older people’s health

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

Healthy ageing has been defined as the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables well-being in older age. However, as people age, many will develop chronic diseases. Therefore, while life expectancy worldwide has been increasing, this does not necessarily result in a healthy full lifespan, with disability and ill-health often negatively affecting a person’s end of life. This article examines the nursing skills required to support older people to live healthy lives against a backdrop of rising levels of chronic conditions. Nurses have a vital role in supporting health improvements in older people by providing targeted solutions such as lifestyle modifications, strengthened social networks and enhanced resilience.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2021.e11693

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This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software


Conflict of interest

None declared

Hayes L, Cartwright CH (2021) Using health promotion to support healthy ageing. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2021.e11693

Published online: 27 September 2021

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