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Public health and prevention: acting to make longer lives healthier

Charles Alessi (Public Health England)
Elaine Rashbrook (Public Health England)

Working with Older People

ISSN: 1366-3666

Article publication date: 13 June 2016

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to outline the action that can be taken to ensure longer and healthier lives.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper draws on the relevant recommendations set out by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to delay or prevent the onset of ill health in later years, followed by a number of recommended approaches to promote healthy behaviours in older adults as well as those in midlife.

Findings

There is a clear need for public health and the prevention agenda to help ensure that later years are not just longer, but healthier.

Practical implications

The paper identifies how, when and where the health risks associated with the majority of years lost to ill health can be addressed, and advocates the importance of taking an asset-based approach to promoting good health in older people.

Originality/value

The paper is a comprehensive review of the key public health actions that can be taken to ensure longer and healthier lives.

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Citation

Alessi, C. and Rashbrook, E. (2016), "Public health and prevention: acting to make longer lives healthier", Working with Older People, Vol. 20 No. 2, pp. 110-120. https://doi.org/10.1108/WWOP-03-2016-0008

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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