Healthy ageing: upstream actions to prevent illness

Liz Lloyd

in Health and care in ageing societies

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9781861349194
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307600 | DOI:
Healthy ageing: upstream actions to prevent illness

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In this chapter the idea of primary prevention is explored in relation to policies and practices on healthy ageing. It examines in greater detail the potential of salutogenic perspectives on health as a way of overcoming negative perceptions of ageing. The frameworks of public health and health promotion are examined. It is argued that a focus on multi-sectoral upstream actions to promote health have largely been replaced by a focus on individual behavioural factors and personal responsibility for health, with particular implications for health in later life. Policies on active ageing are also analysed for their implicit moral message and questions are raised about the global reach of such policies, which have been developed in the context of high-income societies. The idea of salutogenic environments is explored with reference to care and the promotion of older people's health.

Keywords: Upstream measures; Salutogenesis; Health promotion; Public health; Active ageing

Chapter.  9363 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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