Transformer SNS. ″ We are an old country and that is good ″

In 2021, Portugal had about 4,000 people over the age of 100, according to data from Pordata, which estimates that in the next three decades, until 2050, this number could exceed 10,000. A scenario that is very positive from Manuel Lopes’ perspective, because it means that we are able to create conditions for people to reach this age. “We are an old country, and that’s good,” said the professor at the São João de Deus Nursing School, University of Évora, who was present in the second podcast Transformar o SNS, whose theme was precisely “Health promotion, lifestyles and aging – there is an urgent need for new answers “. However, the professor acknowledges that it is difficult to combat the disease burden, which is still very high over the age of 65. The solution, he points out, is to develop a set of health-promoting and disease-preventing strategies throughout the life course and not just in more advanced stages. “Investing in these policies has guaranteed results, though not in the short term,” he stresses.

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