Healthy ageing depends on genetic, environmental and behavioural factors, as well as broader environmental and socioeconomic determinants. An individual can control some of these factors (usually known as lifestyle factors) but not others. Social determinants of health, such as income and education, influence the choices that individuals can make, and create life circumstances that limit opportunities for healthy lifestyle, and therefore create health inequalities.
The World Health Organization defines healthy or active ageing as 'the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables well-being in older age'.
Healthy Ageing Program
The Department of Health & Human Services delivers a broad healthy ageing framework in Victoria, rather than funding discrete programs.
The department promotes active ageing for older Victorians by creating opportunities that support their physical and mental wellbeing.
Well for life
Well for Life is a flexible and practical resource for all staff working with older people in Victoria. Its goal is healthy ageing.
Victorian health care services can use resources to assess the risks associated with falls, and then identify ways of addressing those risks.
Reviewed 08 September 2015