Protection of health through the implementation of preventive, early diagnosis and health promotion programmes from the early stages of life and throughout the lifecycle, can lead to healthy ageing. This was the main conclusion of the high-level conference on ‘Healthy Ageing’, organised by the Ministry of Health in the framework of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU, on September 5 and 6, 2012, at the ‘Filoxenia’ Conference Centre in Lefkosia (Nicosia).
During the Conference, leading experts in the area of health from the European Commission, other involved EU organisations, the World Health Organisation and academic institutions, presented and discussed issues pertaining to the direct relationship between health promotion and protection of health from early childhood throughout the lifecycle and to elderly years.
Special emphasis was given to discussions on the implementation of programmes leading to healthy ageing. There was an extensive discussion on the new trends in the area of healthcare provision, through multidisciplinary approaches which encompass patient and community involvement and which focus on actions of prevention, early diagnosis including screening programmes, treatment and eventually active ageing and independent living.
The Conference’s conclusions will set the basis for respective Council Conclusions that Member States will be called to adopt, which will approach the issue of Healthy Ageing as a continuous process across the lifecycle, formulated through multidisciplinary healthcare approaches.
In his speech, the Minister of Health indicated that “there is a need to promote effective, evidence-based as well as innovative health promotion and disease preventive actions which when applied will deliver health outcomes in an equitable and sustainable manner”.
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