A life course approach to promoting positive ageing

Beth Johnson Foundation
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This report explores a model of working with individuals and communities that embeds ageing as a natural part of the life course and supports quality of life into later age. The model is based on the learning and evidence from the Beth Johnson Foundation’s practical work and on the findings from a consultation with older people, to gain an in-depth understanding of their thoughts and actions on ageing. The life course model outlined in this report comprises five core elements; place, transitions, catalyst for change, personal resilience and control and enhancing future life choices. This reflects the importance of interventions to support positive ageing taking place in a range of settings. They need to concentrate on life events and transition times rather than chronological age and provide a catalyst and support for change that will encourage the strengthening of coping skills and have a positive impact into the future. The life course model takes a proactive approach to promoting positive ageing by identifying life events and transition times when people will be most receptive to receiving information and taking action. By targeting interventions at those particular stages it promotes a process of change that can encourage individuals to take more control as they are ageing and includes: awareness raising, engaging, motivating, providing a catalyst (or an incentive) to change, providing support and ensuring sustainability. (Edited publisher abstract)

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ageing, older people, resilience, life events, quality of life, independence;
United Kingdom
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