About the course
We all want to age well. We want to be able to continue to do the things we need to do, as well as the things we want to do. This course was designed to provide older adults with a quick and easy check-up on how we can maintain and improve our health.
There is a large and growing body of evidence related to healthy ageing and this evidence has been used to develop the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) Healthy Ageing Quiz.
The Healthy Ageing Quiz was designed to provide older adults with an opportunity to assess their current state of health using an evidence-based and user-friendly method. It is a quick and easy check-up to identify the areas of your health that need improving and provides specific recommendations for improvement that draw on the latest research findings regarding healthy and positive ageing strategies.
The first part of this online course is the Healthy Ageing Quiz itself. Each of the following nine Units of the course are based on each of the important areas for healthy ageing:
- physical activity
- balance and falls
- alcohol use
- diet and weight
- chronic conditions and medical care
- sleep and stimulating your mind
- social connections and productive engagement
- optimism and adaptability
As well as providing information and recommendations within each Unit, the course content includes a range of resources that will help you if you make changes within that area of your health. Some of the resources will be materials you can download directly from the course and others will be suggestions and links to resources available on the web and in the community. There is also an online journal in each Unit called an “Action Plan”, where you can make notes to help you keep track of your new healthy ageing strategies as you work through the course.
Even for those of you who are already applying the recommendations made in the course, we hope you will learn something about factors that contribute to healthy ageing and get some more ideas about strategies you can use.
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