Active aging is when we can optimize opportunities for health, participation and security so that the quality of life in senior citizens is enhanced. Though this is by and large done in an eastern society, there has been a gradual shift with nuclear families, reduce population due to reduced fertility and increased longevity. When we talk of active aging we are talking in terms of both individual and population groups.
When the ageing is active, it allows people to realize their potential for physical, social, and mental well-being throughout the life course and to participate in society, while providing them with adequate protection, security and care when they need it.
I see this vibrant visible example of this in the social structure at manipal, there is continuing participation in social, economic, cultural, spiritual and civic affairs. It not just the ability to be physically active or to participate in the labour force older people who retire from work, ill or live with disabilities can remain active contributors to their families, peers and communities.
Ageing takes place within the context of friends, peers in the workforce, neighbor hood and family. This requires building interdependence, and well as inter-generational solidarity.
As long as the senior citizens feel contributory, their health and efficiency is maintained, relocation from their familiar environment is another factor that leads to their rapid deterioration.