Do you know better living and working conditions, higher quality of health care and higher level of social protection lead to the fact that fewer people today die prematurely during childhood and working life? More people are now given the chance to live longer than in the past and old age is becoming a direct experience for an ever-increasing number of people. At the same time, the lifestyle, potential and expectations of older people are changing together with the rising life expectancy.
Although quality of life has been in the focus of attention for over a decade and how the old and the oldest old experience their quality of life or what quality of life actually means for them?
Health and quality of life in old age is to a large extent determined by conditions, events and decisions during childhood and adulthood, including by environment and lifestyle factors. The life-course approach to health means paying attention to specific risks related to individual life stages and transitions and to different needs of various age groups. Although the life-course approach puts emphasis on prevention, it is also necessary to adopt targeted measures aimed at elimination and compensation of existing problems and risks. Health and quality of life can be influenced and improved at any age. The life-course approach needs to be applied not only to health, but also to education, employability, housing, material welfare or social participation.
Worldwide, about 893 million people are 60 or older. By 2050 it is expected that there will be 2.03 billion people age 60 and over. . Ageing will put increasing social and economic demands on all countries. If governments are to cope with the rapid ageing population they need to have policy driven initiatives based on a clear understanding of the importance of personal, social and cultural factors that contribute to quality of life among older adults
Importantly, women adapt to old age better than men once while they grow older they maintain a network of exchanges, they provide services, mainly related to taking care of their grandchildren, keeping a close relationship with their family and descendants. This approach, however, assumes that old age is an experience common to both genders.
Maintaining your physical health is important to healthy aging, it’s also key to value the experience and maturity you gain with advancing years. Practicing healthy habits throughout your life is ideal. Here are some healthy aging tips that are good advice at any stage of life:
Stay physically active with regular exercise, stay socially active with friends and family and within your community, eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, dump the junk food in favor of fiber-rich, low-fat, and low-cholesterol eating, don’t neglect yourself: Regular check-ups with your doctor, dentist, and optometrist are even more important now, Take all medications as directed by your doctor, limit alcohol consumption and cut out smoking and get the sleep that your body needs. Taking care of your physical self is vital.