Prevention in the elderly: Health Promotion and Disease

Author(s): Dr. Tabish Malayeri

Despite the fact that prevention is regarded as a major concern for general practice, there is a dearth of evidence regarding interventions provided by general practitioners to people of middle age and older age. This is despite the fact that clinical preventive strategies aimed at these groups have key indicators and recommendations for monitoring their use, and both the World Health Organization and the European Commission recognize the significance of interventions for healthy and active aging. The two keynote speeches that were given at the 2015 European General Practice Research Network (EGPRN) autumn meeting in Edirne, Turkey, from October 17 to 20, are the basis for this paper. General practitioners should develop and implement prevention services and programs to encourage healthy and active aging, according to the EU2020 strategy. Interventions for multimorbid patients should be their primary focus, whether that is by increasing vaccination uptake or falling and frailty prevention, or by increasing prescribing and plan adherence.