The WHO’s 1948 definition of health included the absence of disease, but now advocates of preventive care argue that the definition is no longer fit for purpose. The newer definition of health emphasizes the self-management and resilience of the individual and the environment. This change will make the concept of health more accessible to the general public and more relevant for a global population that is growing older and sicker. In this article, we explore these changes and how they affect health and the lives of older Canadians.
The World Health Organization defines health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being. The definition of health includes the ability to sustain homeostasis and recover from adverse events. Those who are in good mental health can cope with stress, develop skills, and develop relationships. A healthy society has many facets, but all aspects contribute to the quality of life. The principles of good health include social and emotional well-being.
According to the World Health Organization, health is a resource in our daily lives. This includes our social and personal resources and our physical capabilities. It includes the ability to cope with stress, acquire new skills, and form meaningful relationships. While most health issues are preventable, many are the result of a combination of structural and individual factors. By focusing on these elements of our lives, we can promote better health. For example, if our community is experiencing social or economic disadvantage, we can take steps to eliminate poverty and improve the quality of life in our neighborhood.