The first volume
of this topic is a collection of 40 research articles published in 2022. This year, we are back with the second volume of the topic “Active and Healthy Aging and Quality of Life: Interventions and Outlook for the Future” with the hope to cover some untouched domains of active and healthy aging and quality of life.
The continuous growth of older populations, as a consequence of demographic changes, is a huge global challenge. The growing proportion of older adults not only burdens the healthcare system, specifically, in developing countries but also posits a challenge at the household level, specifically, in nuclear and one-person households. For societies as a whole to avoid costly and negative effects, it is crucial to increase their knowledge of how to promote good health among older adults, so that they can live longer and enjoy a better quality of life.
Active aging is the process of optimizing opportunities for health, participation, and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age. An active and healthy life has remained one of the most important aspirations for all people, both young and older adults alike. This ambition has become a genuine possibility for many due to a rising life expectancy among people of diverse attributes across the world. While celebrating longer life and more financial security in later life than ever before, we need to challenge how these aspirations can be sustained, through our own behavioral responses and through public policy, institutional reforms, and innovations. The challenge is to identify, recommend, and promote strategies and interventions that stimulate and sustain the activity, independence, and health of people of all ages, especially older adults, and, in the process, promote the well-being and quality of life of people and make public welfare systems more sustainable.
The Topic Editors encourage scientific works which focus on conceptual issues of active/healthy aging, literature reviews, measurement and assessment of active/healthy aging, determinants of active/healthy aging, and its impact on the quality of life and well-being of the older adult population. Submissions are particularly encouraged from large-scale surveys, however, manuscripts using primary surveys will also be considered. Manuscripts analyzing active and healthy aging and quality of life among older adults aged 60 and above years will be welcomed. However, manuscripts that take the life-course approach to discuss active aging and quality of life will also be encouraged. Manuscripts that look beyond quality of life, but interlink active and healthy aging to other related aspects, such as happiness and life satisfaction are welcome. Manuscripts that explore active aging in connection with other relevant indicators such as health, morbidity, and functional limitations are also encouraged.
The editors are also interested in psychosocial, community, public health, and environmental interventions that aim at maintaining and increasing the quality of life and well-being of older adults. Research articles, both in cities and rural areas, and both in developing and developed countries, can offer a critical guide for policy efforts and plan for public health.