Aging in Community: Developing a More Holistic Approach to Enhance Older Adults' Well-Being

Res Gerontol Nurs. 2016 Jan-Feb;9(1):6-13. doi: 10.3928/19404921-20151211-03.


Public health advances have contributed to increased longevity; however, individuals are more likely to live longer with multiple chronic conditions. The existing health care system primarily focuses on treating disease rather than addressing well-being as a holistic construct that includes physical, social, and environmental components. The current commentary emphasizes the importance of supporting healthy active aging and aging in community. The barriers to aging in community and the state of the intervention science in response to this problem are discussed, and recommendations for future research are provided. Active aging is more than managing illness or care transitions-it promotes engagement, participation, dignity, self-fulfillment, self-determination, and support for older adults. To support aging in community and healthy active aging, a paradigm shift is needed in how the well-being of older adults is thought about and supported.

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Health Behavior*
  • Health Education / methods*
  • Holistic Health*
  • Holistic Nursing / methods*
  • Humans