Ageing and health promotion

Ageing and health promotion

Health promotion and disease prevention interventions aim to make changes in the lifestyle of the population (e.g. promote healthy nutrition or reduce smoking), in order to increase the proportion of the healthy population by preventing or delaying the onset of (chronic) diseases. Examples of such lifestyle-diseases are obesity, type two diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

Both health promotion and disease prevention programmes often address the social determinants of health, which are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, as well as the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life. 

To ensure the health and well-being of the growing numbers and proportion of older people, greater efforts are required in health promotion and disease prevention in old age.