Healthy ageing is about ‘optimising opportunities for good health, so that older people can take an active part in society and enjoy an independent and high quality of life’(Healthy Ageing: A Challenge for Europe). Ageing is not necessarily a burden, and it does not necessarily decrease a person’s ability to contribute to society: older people can make valuable and important contributions to society, and enjoy a high quality of life. But this depends on treating ageing as an opportunity rather than a burden, and taking a so-called ‘assets-based approach’.
Only by concentrating on what people can do, rather than what they cannot, can strategies and political decisions be taken which help create the right conditions to promote healthy behaviours amongst older people and provide the necessary opportunities for regular physical activity, healthy diets, fulfilling social relations, participation in meaningful activities and financial security. By showcasing practical examples of health promotion interventions, identifying initiatives in the European Union, and making available key resources about healthy ageing, we hope that healthyageing. u builds awareness of the steps required to make healthy ageing a reality, and helps contribute towards a successful European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity Between Generations. EuroHealthNet is keen to develop partnerships with those who are interested in evidence-based health promotion policy and practice to achieve healthy ageing for all – please contact us if this applies to you. 1. 3. b. Minaker KL. Common clinical sequelae of aging. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 24. 1. “Healthy ageing is
Below are a list of links to organisations and companies relevant to the nursing home and healthcare sectors. Please click on a link to visit their website. Statutory Bodies Department of Health and Children HSE HIQA NTPF Health and Safety Authority Elder Care & Representation My Home From Home Age Action Ireland Third Age Friends of the Elderly Irish Senior Citizen’s Parliament CARDI – Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland TILDA – The Irish Longitudal Study on Ageing Health & Charitable Organisations CARE Website The Alzheimer Society of Ireland MS Ireland
Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association National Council on Ageing and Older People Parkinson’s Association of Ireland Irish Raynauds and Scleroderma Society Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland Irish Lung Fibrosis Association DSIDC – Dementia Services Information and Development Centre Our Lady’s Hospice Irish Cancer Society Irish Hospice Foundation International bodies European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity Between Generations 2012 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) EAHSA – European Association for Homes and Services for the Ageing Care Forum Wales
English Community Care Association Independent Health and Care Providers National Care Association National Care Forum Scottish Care United Kingdom Homecare Association Ethnic and cultural influence Joint families were a very common phenomenon in India. Today, until the members are not having a common business, joint families are rarely seen. Most of the children if salaried, stay out of their native place and prefer to have a nuclear family. For • There is more attachment between family members. • There is a better cost control, educations assistance. • A sense of moral support is always there. Since there are more people, you can share your problems, grief’s etc. • The children usually feel neglected in case of a nuclear family especially in cases where both parents are working. • Since children stay with elders since childhood, they are more mannered, respect others and become more responsible. Against • There is no freedom. There is too much of intrusion. • More people would mean more misunderstandings. This leads to more disputes in monetary terms as well. • In nuclear families, since people meet less often, they value each other even more. The family members, especially the elderly keep questioning. This introduces more conflicts especially amongst youngsters. • In most cases, conflicts in joint families are usually over property. We have seen so many of such cases in news as well. Whether a family is joint or nuclear, what really matters is respect for elders and unity. Each family member must stand by another when in need. End of the day, it entirely depends on an individual whether or not he realizes his duties. I agree with the statement that joint family is a blessing in disguise.
By being in a joint family you can feel more happy, as there will be share, people can share their views, emotions and thoughts etc. In joint family they can laugh and enjoy the meal together. A good and collective decision can be taken on very large and complex problems. In joint family the work pressure or load can be shared between the members of the family. Person can get more happiness as he never get bored. Assistance can be taken from elders and good things can be shared between the younger. Lot of other things like religious values, spiritual peace etc. can be achieved by staying in joint family.