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How nurses can promote healthy ageing and prevention

Prevention of health problems among older people is and should be the cornerstone of geriatric medicine, and nurses have an important role 
Picture shows a group of older people doing stretch exercises. Prevention of health problems among older people should be a cornerstone of geriatric medicine, and nurses have an important role to play.

Prevention of health problems among older people is and should be the cornerstone of geriatric medicine, and nurses have an important role

  • Nurses are pivotal in supporting people to make choices for healthier ageing
  • Even older people who are already ill or frail can benefit
  • Collaborate with older people to give them the best chance of recovery and independence

Prevention is as relevant to older people as it is to their younger counterparts, says a British Geriatrics Society report, Healthier for longer – how healthcare professionals can support older people , which argues that while gains in longevity may be modest, quality of life can be improved significantly.

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