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Aging Health Education in the 21st century and beyond

BY PURNIMA SREENIVASAN

As the number of aged 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 in order to face the increasing aged population estimated to cross 3.1 billion in the year 2100 !

Will we be ready ? Now, in the future, or in the far distant future ?   

Here are some key takeaways of aging health education:  

  1. Controls the risks and rates of morbidity and mortality that affect all seniors.
  2. Creation of a path to open learning and understanding of the needs of our older adults.
  3. Helps address disparities in aging and healthy aging we see in our communities.
  4. Grows opportunities to improve the care we provide to our elderly.
  5. Announces the beginning of a new era where the aged no longer have to scour for resources.
  6. Validates the importance of partnerships between communities, aged, families and life’s simple pleasures of aging.
  7. Sows the seed for better research so better treatment methods and sciences in advancement of healthy aging.
  8. Answers the current and future problems in aging, as a family, community, country, and world.
  9. Brings forth into light the unknowns of aging that need to be addressed.
  10. Challenges humans to improve 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 in the curriculums of our daily lives, aging health education can and will answer many questions.

It may take us a long time to figure this out, but starting now is essential as aging 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.

About Purnima Sreenivasan

Purnima Sreenivasan is a Tribune contributor who is a specialist on aging and the founder of mihygge ( mi-hu-ga, meaning "my life’s simple pleasures" ), an aging health tech startup based in the Bay Area, a company working on making senior living and care accessible, affordable and attainable. She can be reached directly at: contact@mihygge.com.

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