Overview

women with arms raised highHealthy aging is much more than the presence or absence of disease and disability. It encompasses all aspects of a person’s life, including the ability to:

  • Stay involved with friends, family and community
  • Have a purpose and find meaning in life
  • Feel safe and secure
  • Eat and drink healthily
  • Stay physically active
  • Be proactive in managing one’s health

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines active aging as “the process of optimizing opportunities for health, participation, and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age.”

The Collaborative has identified a two-part model to promote healthy aging and the delivery of elder services in Massachusetts through evidence-based programs and other health promotion programs to support healthy communities. Programs and services should reflect the diversity and heterogeneity of older adults across the state.

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