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CARE: Promotion of Healthy Ageing

Karolinska Institutet via edX

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What impact can lifestyle habits have on healthy ageing? Can small changes in our daily routine improve our quality of life and prevent or delay the onset of illnesses in advanced age? What can older adults and their carers do to promote healthy ageing? How can we support health promotion in the elderly population?

In Promotion of Healthy Ageing, we will explore key lifestyle-related factors that are modifiable and influential in our well-being in old age, such as diet, physical activity, stress and sleep. By looking closely at the different aspects of lifestyle behaviours and their impact on our health as we get older, we can take action and promote healthy habits in ourselves and those we care for.

In this course, we will learn how it is never too late to modify our lifestyle and engage in healthy behaviours, and we will address health promotion strategies for older adults. This is important to keep in mind, especially when caring for older adults who may need support in their everyday lives to reduce their risk for chronic and debilitating diseases, such as dementias, cardiovascular diseases and musculoskeletal conditions, and improve the quality of life.

One does not need to be a carer for an older person to benefit from this course, the principles of healthy ageing can be applied to you, your family members, your friends, or any person who wants to commit to an active lifestyle.


Section 1: Introduction to healthy ageing
Introduction to key lifestyle-related factors influencing healthy ageing, and related concepts.

Section 2: Lifestyle-related factors: first principles
Learn more about how a healthy diet, regular physical activity and proper management of vascular and lifestyle-related factors relate to well-being in old age.

Section 3: Lifestyle-related factors: cognitive and socioemotional aspects
It is essential to know that the cognitive, emotional and social aspects about a person's lifestyle are important for healthy ageing too.

Section 4: Long-term perspectives in healthy ageing
After learning about key lifestyle-related factors, get familiar with the topics of behavioural change and trends in dementia prevention for the long-term support of healthy habits.

Taught by

Miia Kivipelto


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