02 May 2012

Focus On Health Promotion Activities

A major focus of health promotion efforts for the elderly is to minimize the loss of independence associated with illness and functional decline. To promote health and prevent disability in later life focus on the following areas :
  1. Physical activities
  2. Nutrition
  3. Tobacco use
  4. Safety
  5. Immunization
Multiple chronic illnesses are common in the elderly, and cure is often an unrealistic and inappropriate goal. These chronic illnesses can lead to disability and dependency.
Maintaining independence in activities of daily living ( ADLs) is an important goal for health promoting activities.
Some of the preventive strategies which are known to be effective in lessening disability are : smoking cessation, immunization, physical activity, weight control and arthritis and diabetes self- management programmes.

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