Systemic Vision to Plan an Old Age with Health and Quality of Life

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 15:45
Oral Presentation
Elisa Margarita MAASS, RC51 member, Mexico
Aging process is complex and multifactorial. It refers to the continuous physical, mental, emotional and social changes in the time that we naturally and gradually experience all of us. These changes are determined by our way of life, food, history, culture and socio-economic conditions. The systemic interaction between all these factors has the result that aging of each person is different. On the other hand, it is a reality that in Mexico, there is no culture of health and prevention. In addition, 16% of older people have a poor quality of life. This paper presents a complex self-management project, for health prevention, from a balanced nutrition with the support of natural nutritional supplements, to have a good level of physical, mental and social health.

This project is designed, but also is built and operated by older adults. How to plan an aging with health and well-being, so as not to reach old age in disease?

We conducted a study with adults, over than 55 years, middle class in Mexico. Few of them occupy some of their time in preview and planning a long life with a healthy aging process, with well-being and quality of life.

We worked with focus groups guided, at the same time, with basic diagnostic questions, in order to know not only levels of physical, social and mental activities, but also quality of daily nutrition.

Some results: Poor diets are present continually. There is a regular overweight in participants. People do not have sufficient information about balanced nutrition. All this factors produce low levels of physical, mental, emotional and social health.

We propose a systemic method of integral health and well-being, based on a daily balanced diet, enriched with natural nutritional supplements, and supported by an active, creative and shared aging.