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The new science of ageing$
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Alan Walker

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447314660

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447314660.001.0001

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Maintaining health and well-being: overcoming barriers to healthy ageing

Maintaining health and well-being: overcoming barriers to healthy ageing

(p.113) Four Maintaining health and well-being: overcoming barriers to healthy ageing
The new science of ageing

Sara Arber

Ann Bowling

Andrea Creech

Myanna Duncan

Anna Goulding

Diane Gyi

Susan Hallam

Cheryl Haslam

Aadil Kazi

Liz Lloyd

Janet Lord

MAP2030 team

Mike Murphy

Andrew Newman

Anna C. Phillips

Ricardo Twumasi

Jane Upton

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the various aspects of health and well-being in later life that were studied by fourteen different NDA projects. The first part of this chapter examines some of the key concepts in this field, including quality of life and subjective well-being. It focuses on the barriers to healthy ageing and good quality of life in old age. These include economic barriers, physiological effects, limits to mobility, barriers to paid employment, and psychosocial barriers. The second half of the chapter looks at interventions to support well-being and healthy ageing. Drawing on the extensive testing of models by the NDA projects, the chapter focuses on six different types of intervention: financial, pharmacological, physical (exercise), environmental (blue light and OWL), community music making, and engagement with art.

Keywords:   healthy ageing, QOL, old age, NDA, exercise

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