Health Promotion and Quality of Life in Old Age

  • Thomas Boggatz


Health promotion is considered to contribute to quality of life in old age. Programs are designed to encourage physical activities and lifestyle changes. They are, however, unlikely to achieve their aims if they fail to understand how they interfere with quality of life as it is perceived by older persons. This chapter summarizes the findings of 49 studies that investigated how older persons promote their health or try to prevent diseases and how they experience programs aimed at supporting them in this matter. Health promotion programs are likely to succeed if their focus is not restricted on disease prevention and physical fitness. When older persons participate in such programs their desire for physical activity and physical integrity always involves the satisfaction of their social, identity related and developmental needs. Programs that fail to address these needs are unlikely to meet the needs of their target group.


Older persons Quality of life Health promotion Disease prevention Physical exercise 


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  • Thomas Boggatz
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  1. 1.Faculty of Nursing SciencePhilosophical-Theological University VallendarVallendarGermany

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