The capacity to achieve and retain control over one's own life-to make decisions about and exert power over one's situation-is strongly correlated with being healthy.
For older persons, there is a real danger that professionals with good intentions will encroach on this control in the name of providing service.
We examine the issues of power, control, decision making, and healthy aging from the perspective of educating health care providers.
Particular attention is paid to how health care providers see their role in defining older adults as being at risk when they refuse service or take risks that providers define as unacceptable.
We raise this issue ofappropriate professional control and cite the literature on successful coping to argue for policies and practices that enhance personal autonomy and interdependence as effective vehicles for healthy aging.
Lessons from primary health care are applied to healthy aging even in the face of diminished capacities.
Mots-clés Pascal : Utilisation, Service santé, Soin santé primaire, Comportement, Santé, Prise risque, Formation professionnelle, Personnel sanitaire, Vieillard, Homme, Contrôle
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Use, Health service, Primary health care, Behavior, Health, Risk taking, Occupational training, Health staff, Elderly, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0484836
Code Inist : 002A26J05. Création : 01/03/1996.