Elderly people are living healthier, more active, satisfied and confident lives: New German study
The latest German Longitudinal Survey on Ageing paints a rather positive picture of ageing. The new study follows changes of attitudes and behaviour among population groups in the second half of their lives (40 – 85 years) within the last 20 years.
Generally speaking, the health status of this group has improved steadily. In particular, the 60+ age group has a much better health-status and feels subjectively healthier without any or with little functional restriction.
Age 55-69 Age 70-85
2002 44.3 % 26.%
2008 50.9 % 32.8 %
2014 55.9 % 46.2%
But despite such good news, we know on the other hand that there are many things to improve. With an activity level of 50 % among elderly people the glass is only half full. More organisations need to invest seriously in action plans for elderly people, and more tailor-made programmes for sub-target groups of elderly people are necessary. We also need specific education for instructors to work with elderly people, and better cross-sector partnerships to access more diverse target groups and/or to develop synergies. And, of course, we need better political advocacy. With a combination of these factors, we can better meet the needs of this target group.
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