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Health promotion work can postpone the elderly's need for care

Health promotion work can postpone the elderly's need for care

Preventive and health-promoting work of municipalities and companies can contribute to older people having a good quality of life and preserving their abilities for as long as possible. At the same time, elderly care resources could be sufficient for more people.

Webinar – on meeting the needs of older people today and in the future

Today, we live longer and generally enjoy healthier years. How municipalities and businesses can meet the needs of older people is the focus of the webinar, which is being conducted by the National Council for Health and Welfare in collaboration with the Research Council on Aging on May 22. During the webinar, national-leading researchers present current research findings. They will also talk with representatives of municipalities and businesses about preventive efforts and health promotion.

Some program items:

  • Senior researcher Ingmar Skoog at the University of Gothenburg provides a picture of today's older people and their needs. He also participates in a conversation with municipal representatives and businessmen about how to develop municipal work to meet the conditions and needs of the elderly.

  • Erik Rosendahl, professor of physical therapy at Umeå University, shows how physical training prevents falls. He also participates in the dialogue on how hospice care can work systematically to prevent falls.

Health economic calculations by the National Board of Health and Welfare show that investments in fall prevention efforts can mean savings within a few years.

Read more about falls and fall prevention at Kunskapsguiden.

For more information and to register for the webinar, which can also be watched later.

The focus is on prevention work during Dementia Days May 21-22

Research shows that many cases of dementia can be linked to lifestyle factors, which can be affected. The importance of preventive efforts before and after a dementia diagnosis is one of several areas highlighted in the foundation of a new national dementia strategy. At the Swedish Dementia Days held in Gothenburg on May 21 and 22, Frida Nobel, medical advisor at the National Board of Health and Welfare, presented the document.

Many municipalities take inspiration in their prevention work from the research-based FINGER model, which shows that healthy lifestyle habits can influence the risk of developing memory problems. Professor Mia Kivipelto, who leads the FINGER research, also lectures during the Dementia Days.

If you are in Gothenburg during the Dementia Days, take the opportunity to meet Frida Nobel and others at the National Board of Health and Welfare's stand.

Read the foundation for advanced dementia strategy

Relevant documents and attachments

It is important to ensure efficiency in the field of care and care for the elderly

In order for older people to live longer and with a good quality of life, it is important to take preventive measures. This requires that employees have the appropriate skills. Hence the need for care and social care can also be reduced.

Read more about the National Board of Health and Social Care's work on older people