UArctic Congress Brings Together Experts to Promote Best Practices on Healthy Ageing

UArctic Congress Brings Together Experts to Promote Best Practices on Healthy Ageing

An activity on the agenda of the UArctic’s Thematic Network on Health and Well-Being, the scientific session  The Arctic Contributing Toward WHO Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020-2030 was led by Professor Elena Golubeva (NArFU) and postdoctoral researcher Anastasia Emelyanova (University of Oulu). 

The session sought to shed more light on the patterns and the circumstances that can lead to healthier aging in the Arctic. It also involved the exchange of practices towards more effective national policies of the Arctic states in accordance with the principles of the Decade of Healthy Aging (2020-2030).

What adds to the relevance of the topic is the fact the Arctic population is aging, although at different rates in different regions and with different health levels. It is necessary to ensure that older persons continue to be a central focus of the national and regional ageing-related policies.

Contributing to the session were parties to two international project consortia – Development of think tank functions at the Northern Dimension Institute, and Indigenous and non-indigenous residents of the Nordic-Russian region: Best practices for equity in healthy ageing (supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers).

The project experts are working to identify the opportunities for the Arctic to contribute to the Decade Healthy Ageing, based on the principles of WHO Global Strategy and action plan on ageing and health, the UN Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, and the agreed timelines for the adoption of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Presenting at the session were the following speakers:  

  • Anastasia Emelyanova (Oulu, Finland) and Elena Golubeva (NArFU, Russia) “WHO Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020–2030 and the practices in the Nordic-Russian Arctic”;
  • Agneta Larsson “Enlarging life-space mobility for elderly residents in the Arctic: human and environmental factors” (Luleå University of Technology, Sweden);
  • Oxana Parfenova "Older people and pandemic COVID-19 in Russia" (Institute of Social Studies, Federal Center of Theoretical and Applied Sociology, Saint-Petersburg);
  • Kamilla Pernille Johansen Nørtoft “Involvement of older people in health promotion initiatives in Greenland”.


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