Maintaining health and well-being: overcoming barriers to healthy ageing

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  • Sara Arber
  • Ann Bowling
  • Andrea Creech
  • Myanna Duncan
  • Anna Goulding
  • Diane Gyi
  • Susan Hallam
  • Cheryl Haslam
  • Aadil Kazi
  • Liz Lloyd
  • Mike Murphy
  • Andrew Newman
  • Ricardo Twumasi
  • Jane Upton

External organisations

  • University of Surrey
  • University of Southampton
  • Institute of Education
  • Loughborough University
  • Newcastle University
  • University of Bristol
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, The (LSE)


This chapter discusses the various aspects of health and well-being in later life that were studied by fourteen different NDA projects. The first part of this chapter examines some of the key concepts in this field, including quality of life and subjective well-being. It focuses on the barriers to healthy ageing and good quality of life in old age. These include economic barriers, physiological effects, limits to mobility, barriers to paid employment, and psychosocial barriers. The second half of the chapter looks at interventions to support well-being and healthy ageing. Drawing on the extensive testing of models by the NDA projects, the chapter focuses on six different types of intervention: financial, pharmacological, physical (exercise), environmental (blue light and OWL), community music making, and engagement with art.

Bibliographic note

Anna C. Whittaker listed in publication as Anna C. Phillips.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe New Science of Ageing
EditorsAlan Walker
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2014

Publication series

NameThe New Dynamics of Ageing
PublisherPolicy Press

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