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Annual Congress on Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing

Paris, France

Joost Degenaar

Joost Degenaar

Hanze University, Netherlands

Title: Workshop On New definitions of health and healthy ageing: How can these influence your work as health professional working with older people?


Biography: Joost Degenaar


In our ageing societies it is important for all of us to stay as healthy as possible. Health professionals play an important role in this. Healthy Ageing is one of the grand societal challenges and important for individual persons and for societies. Health professionals focus on health and wellbeing of older people they work with.

However, there are many different definitions of health and healthy ageing, and they can have huge effect on the approach of older people by health professionals.

In this workshop three definitions are compared: The curent WHO definition of health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being”, a new definition of Positive Health, as “the ability to adapt and self manage in the face of emotional, physical and social challenges” and the ICF approach with functioning as central theme as a result of interaction between health conditions and contextual factors.

Research on positive health shows that there are important differences in the evaluation of different dimensions of health between different stakeholders like patients, policy makers, health providers and health professionals.

The discussion in the workshop will be about questions like: how does your definition of health influence your work with older people? What factors help or obstruct? The implications of a new vision on health and healthy ageing can have a big impact on your approach, on health education  and on the organization of health care.