The benefits of a health counseling service within the Adult Health Promotion Centre (AHPC) in Hong Kong are described and offered as evidence of the benefits of self-education in health for older people.
The health complaints of clients of the AHPC are identified through health checks and screening.
In 1980, on the basis of screening and the results of a survey of clients at a health education seminar on what topics they would like information on, health counseling small groups were planned for hypertension, diabetes mellitus, high serum cholesterol, and obesity.
Clients were invited to join these health counseling groups, which were led by volunteer nurses.
The main focus of the health counseling service was to enhance clients'knowledge of health and preventative care through individual counseling and peer learning.
In line with health promotion and empowerment concepts, clients were encouraged to monitor and record their own health.
Health counseling focused on wellness, teaching clients skills that enabled them to take responsibility for their health, increasing their nutritional awareness, teaching them stress management techniques, and promoting physical fitness.
The implications for the training of health professionals and the role of older people in health policy development are discussed.
Ways of improving health promotion services for older people are suggested.
Mots-clés Pascal : Conseil, Education sanitaire, Hong Kong, Asie, Vieillard, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Council, Health education, Hong Kong, Asia, Elderly, Human
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0485640
Code Inist : 002A26J05. Création : 01/03/1996.