Well-being in old age

Older people meeting each other at the market place.

Photo: Benjamin Suomela / norden.org

What does well-being consist of?

Well-being of older people is supported by several factors. These include:

  • activity, good health and functional ability
  • family, other close people and friends
  • participation and doing things together
  • sexual well-being
  • voluntary work and participating in organizational activities.

Inequality manifests itself as differences in well-being and social exclusion

The task of a municipality is to support the social participation and functioning of an older person in all situations of their life. In addition to the social and health care services that the wellbeing services counties will organize, also the choices made in living environments affect the well-being and functioning of the older people in the municipality. Furthermore, the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and volunteers play a significant role in supporting the well-being of older people.

The goal is to provide all older people equal opportunities to a good life. Older people in danger of social exclusion should be supported in particular. Below are some risk factors of social exclusion:

  • poverty
  • low level of education
  • disability
  • mental health issues
  • reduced functioning 
  • poor safety network.

International research and information on the well-being of older people:

Healthy Finland Survey

The Healthy Finland survey will provide up-to-date information on the health, well-being and service use of adults living in Finland, as well as on changes and future developments in these areas.
Healthy Finland Survey