Older people a resource– not a burdenEighth Global Conference on Health Promotion:Health in All Policies”Helsinki, Finland...
WHO in “Health Crisis 2000” (1982)“The elderly have an important social role to play.They are often the most experienced m...
The demographic changeYesterday To-day To-morrow
Some facts about older people in EuropeFrom the European Review on the Social Determinants of Health and theHealth Divide ...
The most important prerequisite for older peopleolder peoples healthy ageing and quality of life To remain a Somebody, no...
Ageism - age discrimination – an obstacle in theway of older people to live a life with high quality andto be seen as a re...
To remain a resource,health promotion the responsibility of all sectors ofsociety Physical activity Brain exercise Acci...
Physical activity, example from amunicipality outside Stockholm A Primary health care centre started keep-fitexercises fo...
Healthy ageing – how to keep older people aa resourceAction has to be taken at different levels Global level EU/European...
Piet Hein (1905 – 1996)Health is not bought with achemists pills, nor saved by thesurgeons knife. Health is not onlythe ab...
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Barbro Westerholm, Age Platform Europe, Sweden

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Barbro Westerholm, Age Platform Europe, Sweden

  1. 1. Older people a resource– not a burdenEighth Global Conference on Health Promotion:Health in All Policies”Helsinki, Finland 13 June 2013Barbro WesterholmMember of Health Expert GroupAGE Platform Europe
  2. 2. WHO in “Health Crisis 2000” (1982)“The elderly have an important social role to play.They are often the most experienced members ofsociety.They may have more physical needs than the rest ofthe family but they are often those who demand theleast.If they are allowed, they can play a positive rolewhen it comes to upbringing of children, givestability in the home and give parents possibility torelaxation from the needs of their children.They can by means of their life experience be apsychological anchor in times of stress.”
  3. 3. The demographic changeYesterday To-day To-morrow
  4. 4. Some facts about older people in EuropeFrom the European Review on the Social Determinants of Health and theHealth Divide (Emily Grundy et al 2012) Life expectancy: Large differences between countries,lowest in the eastern part of the region Men in Sweden live 17 years longer than men in easternEurope, women 12 years Differences are found both between and within countries Educational, socioeconomic, gender and life styledifferences lie behind the figures but scientific data aresometimes contradictory
  5. 5. The most important prerequisite for older peopleolder peoples healthy ageing and quality of life To remain a Somebody, not to become a Nobody To be a part of society, at work or in a non-profitorganisation To be an important resource for family, friends,neighbours etc.“To keep your dignity, to be seen and feel important.It is one of the most important factors for positiveageing if you ask older Swedes” (H-70 studyGothenburg 2013)
  6. 6. Ageism - age discrimination – an obstacle in theway of older people to live a life with high quality andto be seen as a resourceAgeism is defined as preconceived views or stereotypeapprehensions which emanate from a personschronological age and which can result indiscriminationDiscrimination is also a risk for mental illnessEU:s proposed broad directive against agediscrimination should be approved
  7. 7. To remain a resource,health promotion the responsibility of all sectors ofsociety Physical activity Brain exercise Accident prevention Nutrition Non-smoking Respect for alcohol Vaccinations against influenza and pneumonia Prevention of elder abuse Rational use of medicines Housing according to needs
  8. 8. Physical activity, example from amunicipality outside Stockholm A Primary health care centre started keep-fitexercises for 90+ in March 2011(9 men, 7 women,90 – 97 years old). After two years, all participants are alive. Weekly training for free Balance, coordination, muscle strength Coffee and fruit afterwards Most important – the feeling of togetherness
  9. 9. Healthy ageing – how to keep older people aa resourceAction has to be taken at different levels Global level EU/European level National level Local level Non-profit organisationsand involve all sectors insociety e.g. transport, education,housing, food industryThe older people themselves
  10. 10. Piet Hein (1905 – 1996)Health is not bought with achemists pills, nor saved by thesurgeons knife. Health is not onlythe absence of ills, but the fight forthe fullness of life.

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