CPS calls on seniors to get checked

POSTED: 10/1/12 12:23 PM

GREAT BAY (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), says that worldwide there are around 600 million people aged 60 years and over; this number will double by 2025 and will reach virtually two billion by 2050 – the vast majority of them in the developing world.

Older people play a critical role through volunteer work, sharing experience and knowledge, helping their families with caring responsibilities and increasing their participation in the paid labor force.

Their contributions can only be ensured if they enjoy adequate levels of health.

The theme of World Health Day earlier this year was, “Good health adds life to years.” Research and studies have shown that good health throughout life can help older men and women lead full and productive lives and be a resource for their families and communities.

As part of the Minister of Public Health De Weever’s Get Checked campaign, the creation of ‘age-friendly’ physical and social environments can have a big impact on improving the active participation and independence of older people.

Healthy ageing starts with healthy behavior in earlier stages of life. These include what we eat, how physically active we are and our levels of exposure to health risks such as those caused by smoking, harmful consumption of alcohol, or exposure to toxic substances.

“Get Checked, it’s never too late to start,” CPS stated in a press release. “The risk of premature death decreases by 50 per cent if someone gives up smoking between 60 and 75 years of age.”

 

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