Promoting healthy ageing for those over 65 with the health check log: a pilot study

Publisher:
Blackwell Publishing Asia
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Australian Journal of Ageing, 2006, 25 (1), pp. 46 - 49
Issue Date:
2006-01
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Objectives: To determine the effectiveness of the health check log (HCL) in promoting health awareness, health monitoring skills and timely consultation with health professionals for persons aged 65 years and over. Methods: Thirty-five men and women aged 65 years and over volunteered to record the HCL for 12 months, participated in regular telephone interviews to discuss recordings and attended focus group discussions at the conclusion of the pilot. Results: The HCL raised participants awareness of less tangible aspects of health, revealed gaps in their health knowledge base, improved self-assessment and prompted consultation for several physiological and a few psychosocial health concerns. Conclusion: When follow-up support was provided, the HCL proved to be a useful health promotion activity for participants aged 65 years and over.
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