Good Health and Well-Being

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Elderly Health and Well-Being

  • Victoria RidgwayEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69627-0_71-1

Definition

This entry considers elderly health and well-being. As the world population changes, there are global challenges to ensure that health and social care systems, individuals, communities, and countries meet the needs of older people so that they are empowered to lead active and connected later lives. However, these opportunities are heavily dependent on two fundamental characteristics that of good health and well-being and healthy ageing.

The conceptualization of “being old or older” first needs to be considered. The use of 65 as a parameter to measure old age is a political and social construct. Baars et al. (2014), for example, noted the tendency to use 60–65 as the entrance point to old age and although useful to establish understanding, writers in the field of gerontology have argued against such use. Culturally older age can occur from 50 upward (Baars et al. 2014) as consequence of poor health, education, financial situation, and environment, and there is no typical...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ChesterChesterUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Giorgi Pkhakadze
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  • Monica de Andrade
  1. 1.School of Public HealthDAVID TVILDIANI MEDICAL UNIVERSITYTbilisiGeorgia