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Ageing in the Mediterranean$
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Joseph Troisi and Hans-Joachim von Kondratowitz

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447301066

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447301066.001.0001

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The present and future health status of older people in the Mediterranean region

The present and future health status of older people in the Mediterranean region

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(p.123) Six The present and future health status of older people in the Mediterranean region
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Ageing in the Mediterranean
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Judy Triantafillou

Elizabeth Mestheneos

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447301066.003.0006

Increasing life expectancy and the health status of older people have major implications for their quality of life and for the informal and formal care sectors. Measurement of health status and knowledge of the impact of the main factors contributing to health and disability in old age are essential pre-requisites for the construction of policy and measures to increase active and healthy ageing. Nevertheless, the effectiveness of action plans to improve healthy life expectancy and reduce disability, through a variety of approaches, requires political commitment, planning and the implementation of coordinated actions at international, national and local levels. In times of political upheaval and financial crisis, governments may give priority to other measures and risk reversing the gains in healthy life expectancy of the previous decades. Recently worsening health indicators amongst older people in the lower and mid-income groups in some countries, reflect increasing inequalities in health.

Keywords:   Health status, Disability, Quality of life, Care sectors

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