Holistic healthcare for the aged

Concepts and strategies

Jing-Jy Wang, Yueh Ying Yang, Mei Yin Liu

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Abstract

Advancing medical technology continues to extend the average human life span, resulting in population aging globally as well as in Taiwan. The challenges posed by aging society increase not only medical and care costs but also the burden on pension funds and the social welfare system. In addition, there is currently a desperate need for many well-trained health providers as well as a friendly and comprehensive long-term care system. However, attention should not simply focus on medical payments and long-term care, as this may prolong the length of unhealthy living years for the aged and further strain national finances. Holistic healthcare for the aged should be introduced as early as possible in order to respond effectively to global aging by assisting the aged to maintain their health, to live independently, and to extend their social functions. The purposes of this report are to: 1. analyze the demographic characteristics of Taiwanese older adults; 2. introduce the concept of holistic healthcare as advocated by the World Health Organization (WHO); 3. discuss the promotion of physical-psychological health and the development of age-friendly environments; 4. strengthen the framework of long-term care policies; and 5. recommend the development of a holistic healthcare model for the aged based on the WHO Global Strategy and Action Plan on Aging and Health, announced in 2016. We hope to facilitate active aging, successful aging, self-esteem, and a high quality of life for the elderly in Taiwan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-12
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nursing
Volume65
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Apr 1

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Long-Term Care
Delivery of Health Care
Health
Taiwan
Pensions
Social Welfare
Financial Management
Self Concept
Health Care Costs
Quality of Life
Demography
Psychology
Technology
Population

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  • Nursing(all)

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Wang, Jing-Jy ; Yang, Yueh Ying ; Liu, Mei Yin. / Holistic healthcare for the aged : Concepts and strategies. In: Journal of Nursing. 2018 ; Vol. 65, No. 2. pp. 5-12.
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