Healthy and active ageing: Social capital in health promotion

Eleni Koutsogeorgou, John Kenneth Davies, Kay Aranda, Anastasia Zissi, Maria Chatzikou, Milda Cerniauskaite, Rui Quintas, Alberto Raggi, Matilde Leonardi

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Objectives: This paper examines the context of health promotion actions that are focused on/contributing to strengthening social capital by increasing community participation, reciprocal trust and support as the means to achieve better health and more active ageing.

Method: The methodology employed was a literature review/research synthesis, and a thematic analysis.

Results: Four core themes emerged from the analysis: a) active ageing; b) the relationship between social capital and ageing; c) the importance of social capital in health promotion; and d) policy implications. The role of social capital in health promotion stresses empowerment, intergenerational support, the building of social trust, and the need to tackle loneliness among older adults. The importance of community/social participation emerged from the literature review as a key contributor to the maintenance and promotion of a healthier ageing population.

Conclusion: Supporting long-term social capital building within communities can lead to improved public health and well-being for an ageing population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)627-641
Number of pages15
JournalHealth Education Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 11 2014


  • Active ageing
  • healthy ageing
  • networks
  • older adults
  • social capital
  • trust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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