Maximising the Opportunity for Healthy Ageing: Online Mental Health Measurement and Targeted Interventions

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2018:246:111-123.

Abstract

Longevity is a valuable resource for society, as older people are increasingly looking for new ways to contribute after retirement. Their contribution is however dependent upon their physical health, mental health and wellbeing. The potential role that mental health and wellbeing, two separate but interrelated constructs, play often are both under-recognised and insufficiently targeted. Positive ageing is a positive and constructive view of ageing, where older people actively work on maintaining a positive attitude, work towards keeping fit and healthy, and strive to maximize their wellbeing. Interventions stimulating positive ageing show promising results for both mental health and wellbeing, and telehealth can play an important role in improving the reach and effectiveness of positive ageing interventions. Telehealth solutions can also help researchers reliably measure and better understand the drivers of wellbeing at individual and population levels; results that can both form the basis for advancing the field of positive ageing and help inform public policy.

Keywords: Healthy ageing; complete mental health; complete state model of mental health; longevity; mental health reform; positive ageing; telehealth; wellbeing.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aging
  • Healthy Aging*
  • Humans
  • Longevity
  • Mental Health*
  • Retirement