The number of elderly persons is increasing, and the elderly are becoming a much more important population group, but the knowledge of normal and pathological aging and care of the elderly are still insufficient among professionals, decision makers, and the general public.
The emphasis of policy and strategy for aging and the care of the elderly is on prevention of ill health and promotion of good health.
The role of caring is of great importance : Models of affordable and accessible care have to be developed in all countries.
There needs to be a balance between home care and institutional care.
Education and training on the care of the elderly play a key role in reaching this objective.
Once the lay public gets the basic information about aging and the role the elderly could play in contributing to societal developmental processes, their attitudes toward the elderly are likely to change.
They will see the elderly not just as consumers, but as contributors as well.
They will have a positive effect on policymaking, particularly in the area of distribution of resources.
In addition, professionals in all areas need to view aging and the elderly in a different way : The elderly have the same right to participate in society and the same right to affordable and good quality services, if needed, as other age groups.
Mots-clés Pascal : Enseignement universitaire, Formation professionnelle, Personnel sanitaire, Vieillard, Gérontologie, Gériatrie, Programme enseignement, Europe, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Higher education, Occupational training, Health staff, Elderly, Gerontology, Geriatrics, Educational program, Europe, Human
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0184511
Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 09/06/1995.