Life phases

Each phase of a human being's life is shaped by structural changes in the body and mind and by the needs that result from these changes. In a number of life phases – childhood, pregnancy or advanced age ­– health is an especially important factor and particular care is needed to protect it.

07.05.2019

Research into healthy ageing

The Do-Health study is looking at ways of improving the chances of ageing in good health. The largest-ever European study of health in old age is nearing completion. The initial results show the following: half of the participating senior citizens from Switzerland belong to the category of “healthy agers”, meaning that they have no chronic diseases and are in good physical and mental health. more

07.05.2019

“The generations can inspire each other to an enormous degree”

Andreas Kruse, an expert in the field of gerontology, talks about the opportunities presented by a cross-generational exchange, the importance of learning and education in old age and the need to invest in health as early in life as possible. more

07.05.2019

Healthy ageing in Switzerland

Demographic change is presenting some major challenges. The task of preserving health and quality of life in the elderly is the main focus of the FOPH’s efforts. It is guided by the “Healthy Ageing” strategy published by the World Health Organization (WHO). It is important to take a differentiated view of old age and ageing at all times. more

07.05.2019

At first Hand

Bringing health-care into line with the needs of the elderly. Most elderly people’s health is impaired in some way. The important thing is to maintain these people’s quality of life for as long as possible despite their illness and to identify and strengthen their resources. This is the basis of the “healthy ageing” approach. more

21.02.2019

At first hand

Health starts in people’s everyday lives. The figures for life expectancy in Swiss towns and villages paint a clear picture. Residents of prosperous, primarily urban areas and conglomerations such as Zurich, Bern, Basel and Geneva, and along the country’s lakes, have a good chance of living a long life. In the communities where people are living longest, life expectancy is nearly 83. By contrast, the inhabitants of poorer, generally more rural communities and mountain villages can only expect to reach 78. As these figures show, not everyone in Switzerland has the same chance of living a life that is as long and healthy as possible. more

23.10.2018

Communication is an important tool for improving health literacy

The FOPH has set itself the goal of improving health literacy and self-management of chronic disease among the general public. Communication can, at various levels, help achieve this goal. more

23.10.2018

“Living Books” tell the stories of their dementia

There are currently an estimated 148,000 people in Switzerland with dementia. Among the main focal areas of Switzerland’s National Dementia Strategy 2014–2019 are efforts to improve public aware- ness of the group of diseases associated with dementia and of destigmatisation and the eradication of prejudices and inhibition thresholds for social participation. To this end, the Swiss Alzheimer Association together with the foundation Science et Cité and the FOPH are organising three special pilot events. more

23.10.2018

At first hand

Communicating credibly. Communication in the healthcare sector covers a wide spectrum of activities, ranging from the doctor-patient conversation to public health prevention campaigns. But one rule is common to all: successful communication relies on the existence of trust. more

23.10.2018

“A good relationship with the patient can achieve more than a drug can”

Communication between health professionals and their patients is an important basis for successful treatment. Particularly in the field of health promotion and disease prevention, the right kind of communication can be a decisive factor in bringing about change. Sabina Hunziker, Professor of Medical Communication at Basel’s University Hospital, therefore attaches great importance to the initial and continuing training of professionals. more

04.09.2017

Improving health and quality of life at every stage of life

Addiction in old age. Older persons are an important target group of the National Strategy on Addiction and the National Strategy for the Prevention of Non-communicable Diseases (NCD). Their relevance is further underscored by demographic ageing: according to the Federal Statistical Office, the number of people over 65 will almost double by 2045. These prospects illustrate the importance of health promotion measures that will contribute towards longer-lasting autonomy and relieve health systems. more