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Understanding successful ageing

Rose Anne Kenny looks at the changing demographics around ageing, why we age, and what is successful ageing.

In this video, we looked at three key points:

  • The changing demographics around ageing
  • Why we age
  • What is successful ageing

These three points are important when thinking about getting older, and this course focuses on the final element of those three points – successful ageing.

What are the proven core components of successful ageing?


This definition of successful ageing is focused on inputs rather than outputs. In other words, successful ageing is about the choices you are making to stay healthy, contribute to the world around you, and develop your own skills and abilities – at every age.

Our behaviours are the single-most important factor in how we age. The diversity of ageing experiences is largely due to the choices we make, along with the physical and social environments we find ourselves in.

Throughout the five weeks of this course, we will continually return to these core components which promote successful ageing.

What to do next?

To get the most from this online learning experience, please read the Comments at the bottom of each step, and share how you are advancing a successful ageing experience. Given the multitude and diversity of learners in this course, it is inevitable that you will learn a lot from one another.

So, for this step, think about the video that you have just seen with regard to the three main components of successfully ageing outlined.

How well do you believe you currently:

  1. Manage your health?
  2. Stay involved in your community?
  3. Develop your personal skills, talents or abilities?

Please leave a comment below (and read and “like” the comments of the other learners).

Then, when you have completed this step, click on the ‘Mark as Complete’ pink circle on the right-hand side below. Then click on ‘Next’ to bring you to the next step in the course.

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