“Healthy and active ageing” – Germany
The described intervention is a strategy on active and healthy ageing, developed, organized and coordinated by the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA), Germany. Its aims are: the preservation and support of physical, psychological, and cognitive skills; the preservation and support of an active, autonomous, socially integrated and self-responsible healthy lifestyle; to prolong the life time until need for care.
Target groups: population of 60 years and older; ‘the young old” and older people without major health problems; individuals with age-related morbidities / disabilities and/or in need of care; long term care recipients; relatives of older people; the general population; institutions, collaboration partners, stakeholders, multipliers/intermediaries. The strategy was implemented in 2012 and follows an integrated, multidisciplinary approach. It aims to serve as an umbrella to facilitate the networking and collaboration of governmental, non-governmental, academic and private stakeholders in jointly defined key topics of healthy ageing, such as
- physical activity (incl. fall prevention)
- healthy diet
- mental health (incl. depression and dementia)
- substance abuse (alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceuticals)
- Disseminate information on major diseases, risk factors, prevention opportunities and early diagnosis
- Integration, activation and participation of the target group
The activities in the aforementioned areas are planned and coordinated by the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) and accompanied by an interdisciplinary scientific advisory board under supervision of the Ministry of Health. Cooperation partners are among others the German National Association of Senior Citizens’ Organisations (BAGSO), German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB, German Gymnastics Federation (DTB), German Sport University Cologne (DSHS), German Adult Education Association (DVV), German Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBSV), German Association of Family Physicians and General Practitioners (DHÄV), German Hiking Association (DWV), several universities and others.
>http://www.gesund-aktiv-aelter-werden.de(last accessed in March 2017)
Life Cycle Stages: Older People (>65 yrs) | Seniors (>75 yrs) | The Young Old (50-65 yrs) |
Main Settings: care homes | community |
Specific Topics: fall prevention | mental health | nutrition | physical activity | social inclusion | substance abuse |