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Fuchs, Judith; Scheidt-Nave, Christa; Hinrichs, Timo; Mergenthaler, Andreas; Stein, Janine; Riedel-Heller, Steffi G.; Grill, Eva (December 2013): Indicators for Healthy Ageing - A Debate. In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Vol. 10, No. 12: pp. 6630-6644




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.