There is an increasing number of older Australians in the total population with the greatest increase 85 years and older (Borowski & McDonald, 2007). According to the Commonwealth of Australia (2010) it is estimated that by 2050 (33 years) older people aged 65-84 years will increase by 100% and the very old 85 years and over will increase by 300%.
The World Health Organisation (2002) Active Ageing Framework describes Active Ageing as a “process of optimising opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age” (WHO, 2002, p 12). Active Ageing involves the continued participation and maintenance of physical activities, engagement in social, economic, spiritual and civic activities as well as cognitive functioning, productivity and life satisfaction (McIntyre, 2013).
There are many factors that influence active ageing, including personal and lifestyle factors, economic resources, psychological and physical factors and access to health and social services such as long term care (McIntyre, 2013).
Home Sweet Home Nursing Care aims to provide care and support to allow older adults to gain or uphold personal resilience, independence and autonomy, whilst maintaining social roles, activities and relationships enabling them to live a productive lifestyle.
Home Sweet Home Nursing Care aims to enable individuals to have positive self-belief, agency and dignity which are also components of successful ageing (McIntyre, 2013). Evidence suggest that these factors allow individuals to cope better with serious health issues resulting in increased longevity (McIntyre, 2013).
- Borowski, A., & McDonald, D. (2007). The dimensions and implications of Australian population ageing. In E. Ozanne, S. Encel & A. Borowski (Eds.), Longevity and social change in Australia (pp. 15-39). Sydney: UNSW Press.
- Commonwealth of Australia. (2010). Intergenerational report 2010. Australia to 2050: future challenges. Barton: Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved from http://archive.treasury.gov.au/igr/igr2010/report/pdf/IGR_2010.pdf.
- McIntyre, A. (2013). Chapter 2: Perspectives of ageing. In A. Atwal, & A. McIntyre (Eds.) Occupational therapy and older people (2nd ed., pp. 16-37). Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell.
- World Health Organisation. (2002). Active ageing: A policy framework. Madrid: World Health Organisation.