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Empowerment of the ageing population: a contribution to active ageing 

Empowerment of the ageing population: a contribution to active ageing
Chapter:
Empowerment of the ageing population: a contribution to active ageing
Source:
Oxford Textbook of Geriatric Medicine (3 edn)
Author(s):

Ina Voelcker

and Alexandre Kalache

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198701590.003.0162

Empowerment is fundamental to release the potential generated by the longevity revolution and to actualize the concept of active ageing. It is a key component in the promotion and maintenance of health, the fostering of lifelong learning and social participation, as well as in the safeguarding of protection until the end of life. The definition of empowerment becomes more complex in the context of increasing numbers of the very old, with its frequent association with dementia and limited functional capacity. Active ageing highlights that ageing is a lifelong process firmly rooted in the ideas of health prevention and health promotion. Implicit to it, is the view that actions at both the personal and the public policy level are essential to optimize opportunities for people as they age.

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