The World Health Organization defines healthy aging as a continuous process of optimizing opportunities to maintain and improve physical and mental health, independence, and quality of life throughout the life course. Supporting healthy aging on a national and international scale includes developing effective public policy, cultivating age-friendly environments, aligning health systems to respond to older adults’ needs, creating equitable care systems, and improving assessment on aging. Much of the effective work around healthy aging takes a community-wide approach, exploring the impact of social determinants of health and how the environments in which people live contribute to their opportunity for health. Read our latest issue brief on Supporting Healthy Aging and Advancing Health Equity through Community Health Improvement Collaborations here.
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