If Health is not merely the absence of disease or infirmity and ….. as per the World Health Organization, then health education is not merely educating our communities about health.
As the number of age in the world grow to more than a billion by 2030, health education in aging or Aging Health Education will play a very vital role in addressing the very definition of health as declared by WHO.
Who will be the benefactors? Who will be the receivers? Who will be the mediators? Who will be the examples? Is a pivotal question we must answer now to face the increasing aged population estimated to cross 3.1 billion in 2100!
Will we be ready? Now, in the future or the far distant?
Here are some key takeaways of aging health education:
- Controls the risks and rates of morbidity and mortality that affect all seniors
- Creation of a path to open learning and understanding of the needs of our older adults
- Helps address disparities in aging and healthy aging we see in our communities
- Grows opportunities to improve the care we provide to our elderly
- Announces the beginning of a new era where the aged no longer have to scour for resources
- Validates the importance of partnerships between communities, aged, families and life’s simple pleasures of aging
- Sows the seed for better research so better treatment methods and sciences in the advancement of healthy aging
- Answers the current and future problems in aging, as a family, community, country, world
- Brings forth into light the unknowns of aging, that need to be addressed
- Challenges humans to the improvement of communities to better serve the world
The benefits to humans, adults, and children caring for seniors, the seniors, the general population is immense.
Incorporating it into the curriculum’s of our daily lives, aging health education can and will answer any questions.
It may take us a long time to figure this out, but a start now is essential as aging is not just confined to aging, but encompasses many issues. We started last week with our article on discharge planning, one of the aging health education topics, next week, we address more skin and bone of aging health education. If this resonates with you all, feel free to send us a reply, we would love to hear from you.
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