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Indicators for Healthy Ageing — A Debate
Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Muenster, 48149 Muenster, Germany
Department of Epidemiology and Health Monitoring, Robert Koch Institute, General-Pape-Str. 62-66, D-12101 Berlin, Germany
Swiss Paraplegic Research, Guido A. Zaech Strasse 4, CH-6207 Nottwil, Switzerland
Department of Sports Medicine and Sports Nutrition, University of Bochum, D-44801 Bochum, Germany
Bundesinstitut für Bevoelkerungsforschung (BiB), Federal Institute for Population Research, Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, D-65185 Wiesbaden, Germany
Institute of Social Medicine, Occupational Health and Public Health (ISAP), Medical Faculty, University of Leipzig, Philipp-Rosenthal-Straße 55, D-04103 Leipzig, Germany
Institute for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (IBE), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Munich, Marchioninistr. 15, D-81377 Munich, Germany
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 2 September 2013; in revised form: 5 November 2013 / Accepted: 19 November 2013 / Published: 2 December 2013
Abstract: Definitions of healthy ageing include survival to a specific age, being free of chronic diseases, autonomy in activities of daily living, wellbeing, good quality of life, high social participation, only mild cognitive or functional impairment, and little or no disability. The working group Epidemiology of Ageing of the German Association of Epidemiology organized a workshop in 2012 with the aim to present different indicators used in German studies and to discuss their impact on health for an ageing middle-European population. Workshop presentations focused on prevalence of chronic diseases and multimorbidity, development of healthy life expectancy at the transition to oldest-age, physical activity, assessment of cognitive capability, and functioning and disability in old age. The communication describes the results regarding specific indicators for Germany, and hereby contributes to the further development of a set of indicators for the assessment of healthy ageing.
Keywords: old age; health; Germany; methodology
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Fuchs, J.; Scheidt-Nave, C.; Hinrichs, T.; Mergenthaler, A.; Stein, J.; Riedel-Heller, S.G.; Grill, E. Indicators for Healthy Ageing — A Debate. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10, 6630-6644.
Fuchs J, Scheidt-Nave C, Hinrichs T, Mergenthaler A, Stein J, Riedel-Heller SG, Grill E. Indicators for Healthy Ageing — A Debate. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2013; 10(12):6630-6644.
Fuchs, Judith; Scheidt-Nave, Christa; Hinrichs, Timo; Mergenthaler, Andreas; Stein, Janine; Riedel-Heller, Steffi G.; Grill, Eva. 2013. "Indicators for Healthy Ageing — A Debate." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 10, no. 12: 6630-6644.