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Healthy and Active Over the Age of 80: Can We Do It?
Why do some countries differ in life expectancy? What factors contribute to healthy aging? Healthy aging is not synonymous with individuals who are free from illness. Factors such as the environment, economic opportunities, cultural patterns, beliefs, and staying active can all influence healthy aging. Active aging allows individuals to realize their full potential for physical, social, and mental well-being, as they participate in society (WHO, 2006).
For this Discussion, review the Learning Resources and the media provided for this week. Consider the concept of active aging and how it might differ between countries. Also, reflect on health programs or social services aimed at promoting healthy aging.
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Post an explanation of how the concept of active aging might differ between developed and developing countries and be sure to support your ideas. Explain how the concept of active aging is related to health initiatives aimed at lowering the burden of disease for aging populations.
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• Chapter 17, “Global Mental Health: The World Mental Health Surveys Prospective” (pp. 387–403)
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