People of all ages should be able to live a healthy, safe and socially inclusive lifestyle. Many factors affect health and well-being, not only health and social care, and all sectors influence the determinants of health. A life-course approach to health recognizes the impact of early experiences on ageing.

Healthy ageing emphasizes a rights-based approach that recognizes people’s rights to equality of opportunity and treatment, particularly as they age. It fosters a positive attitude to growing old throughout life and seeks to break down stereotypes and change attitudes to ageing, promoting understanding between the generations.