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Health and Quality of Life

  • Happiness depends upon ourselves.
  • Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.
  • It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

Aristotle
Greek critic, philosopher, physicist, & zoologist (384 BC - 322 BC)


EuroHealthNet's Healthy Ageing Website

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’.
http://www.healthyageing.eu/

Healthy and Active Ageing

A compendium of programmes, good practices and other resources for promoting and sustaining the well-being of “younger” older people, with a specific reference to socially deprived and migrant groups in Europe. Published in 2012 by EuroHealthNet and BZgA.









Care for yourself

Regular and active self-care is essential in preventing and treating chronic conditions. Play an active role in your well-being; you will reap the rewards. Active self-care can slow down the advance of diseases, defer their onset and sometimes prevent them completely.
Themes are:
Alcohol, Exercise and movement for health, Losing weight, Mental well-being, Nutrition and Smoking

More: http://omahoito.espoo.fi/public/espoo-en/Care%20for%20yourself/Pages/default.aspx

Adapting your home - Your guide to services and equipment

As you get older you may find it harder to manage in your home, perhaps because of health problems, disability or bereavement. However, you may be able to stay in your home for longer if it is adapted to meet your needs.
This guide looks at the types of adaptations and equipment that are available and how to obtain them.
It also suggests small practical steps that can make a difference to your quality of life.



Social Well-being of Disabled Older Persons
An Evidence of Unequal Ageing in Europe by Katrin Gasior and Asghar Zaidi
One of the most apparent consequences of an ever-rising life expectancy observed in the European countries is that older persons now constitute a higher-than-ever fraction of European societies. Years gained in life are not matched equally by longer working lives and older people are enjoying a longer phase of life post retirement. The longevity gains offer the opportunity for new social and economic experiences for older people and many go on to enjoy their retirement in good economic and health conditions.
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World Alzheimer Report 2011
The Benefits of early diagnosis end intervention



World Alzheimer Report 2010
The Global Economic Impact of Dementia
Executive Summary




Sexuality and Aging

Sexuality remains an important component of quality of life throughout the life span. The spectrum of sexuality and aging is outlined in Table 1. The full expression of sexuality is dependent on biological, psychological, and social factors. Testosterone is a driver of sexuality in both sexes, but its effect is modulated by psychological and social factors. The effects of aging on sexuality can create major anxiety, but with adequate education, sexuality can remain enjoyable throughout life. There is much misinformation about sexuality. While open discussion of sexuality has become much more common in the last 40 years, many older persons come from a generation where sexuality remains a taboo subject. This chapter will explore both the biology of sexuality and aging, as well as the emergence of the special needs of a substantial cohort of older gays and their unique needs. The role of disease in sexuality of older persons will be addressed. Finally, the problems faced by older persons who have had lifelong paraphilias will be considered.

Dementia burden 'underestimated'
The future global burden of Alzheimer's and other types of dementia has been underestimated, say UK experts.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8263856.stm

Eurofound publishes first findings of its second European Quality of Life Survey
Perception of life satisfaction and quality of life remains high among Europeans
Europeans are generally satisfied with their quality of life, but levels vary considerably across countries, according to the second European Quality of Life Survey (2EQLS). The survey, carried out by Eurofound, the Dublin-based EU Agency, offers a unique and timely insight into quality of life in Europe, and provides policymakers and other interested groups with information on how individuals assess their quality of life.



Active ageing makes the difference
"Active ageing is the process of optimizing opportunities for physical, social and mental well-being throughout the life course in order to extend healthy life expectancy.''
Ministry of Health, Canada.
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How healthy are Europeans?
Although Europeans are leading longer and healthier lives, they can do more to protect themselves from the two biggest single causes of death — heart disease and cancer. A healthy and active lifestyle helps. Smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise are among the factors that increase your risk of ischaemic heart disease, in which clogged or damaged arteries deliver too little blood to the heart.
More men than women die of these diseases in the EU, and the proportion of the population affected varies widely from one country to another. In 2004, Hungary had the highest death rate from cancer for both men and women. France had the lowest death rate from ischaemic heart disease for both sexes.
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