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Enabling a good quality of life for older people through nursing care

Promoting people's health and well-being is a nursing responsibility.

A report by Age UK (2017) shines a light on how the system of health and care is working for older people in England. It shows the immense challenges facing the increasing numbers of older people who need care, and the effect of the failure to provide it on their health and well-being, as well as on the NHS.

Staying active in later life is a vital part of healthy ageing. All types of physical activity – from walking and gardening to exercise and dance – can improve mobility, protect against ill-health, enhance mental well-being and lower the risk of cognitive decline, as well as keep people independent for longer (Lee 2006).

The nursing insight

From a clinical perspective, nurses provide services designed to promote health, prevent illness and achieve optimal recovery

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