Article

Operational definition of Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA): A conceptual framework

The journal of nutrition, health & aging, Springer Nature, ISSN 1760-4788

Volume 19, 9, 2015

DOI:10.1007/s12603-015-0589-6, Dimensions: pub.1022428406, PMID: 26482699,

Authors

Bousquet, Jean * (1) (2) (3)
Kuh, D. (4)
Standberg, T. (6) (7)
Mercier, J. (3) (11)
Bringer, J. (3) (12)
Camuzat, T (3) (13)
Bourret, R. (2) (3)
Bonini, S. (16)
Brayne, C. (17)
Venne, J (18)
Alonso, J. (20)
Avignon, A. (2) (3)
Combe, B. (2) (3)
Hardy, R. (4)
Keil, T. (24)
Momas, I. (26) (27)
Ritchie, K. (3) (28)
Robine, J. M. (3) (29) (30) (31)
Vellas, B. (34)
Zaidi, A. (35)
Alonso, F (36)
Ankri, J. (38)
Arnavielhe, S. (3) (39)
Arshad, H. (40)
Augé, P. (3) (11)
Berr, C. (3) (31)
Blain, H. (2) (3) (11)
Buijs, G J (43)
Caimmi, D. (2) (3)
Cosco, T. (17)
Criton, M (47)
Demoly, P. (2) (3)
Garcia-Aymerich, J. (49) (50) (51) (52)
Gutter, Z. (55)
Harman, D (56)
Hendry, A (57)
Heve, D. (3) (58)
Jeande, C. (2) (11)
Krys, O. (61)
Kula, D. (62)
Laune, D. (3) (39)
Lehmann, S. (2) (3)
Maier, D. (63)
Malva, J. (64)
Melen, E. (66)
Mercier, G. (2) (3)
Moda, G. (67)
Nogues, M. (3) (69)
Pelissier, J. Y. (3) (71)
Porta, D. (73)
Postma, D. (74)
Romano, V. (67)
Roubille, F. (2) (3)
Schulz, H. (76)
Scott, A. (70)
Senesse, P. (3) (77)
Smit, H A (79)
Somekh, D (80)
Touchon, J. (2) (3)
Wilson, N. (86)
Zins, M (88)

* Corresponding author

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  1. (1) Inserm U1168, Paris, France
  2. (2) University Hospital of Montpellier, grid.157868.5
  3. (3) MACVIA-LR, Contre les MAladies Chroniques pour un VIeillissement Actif en Languedoc Roussillon, European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing Reference Site, Montpellier, France
  4. (4) MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing, grid.268922.5
  5. (5) National Health Service, grid.451052.7
  6. (6) European Union Geriatric Medicine Society, EUGMS, Belfast, UK
  7. (7) University of Helsinki, grid.7737.4
  8. (8) Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety, grid.450701.7
  9. (9) Paris Dauphine University, grid.11024.36
  10. (10) Hospital Universitario de Getafe, grid.411244.6
  11. (11) University of Montpellier, grid.121334.6
  12. (12) Faculté de Médecine, Doyen, Montpellier-Nîmes, France
  13. (13) Région Languedoc Roussillon, Montpellier, France
  14. (14) Medical University of Lodz, grid.8267.b
  15. (15) Medical University of Warsaw, grid.13339.3b
  16. (16) European Medicines Agency, grid.452397.e
  17. (17) University of Cambridge, grid.5335.0
  18. (18) European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance), Belfast, Northern Ireland
  19. (19) University of Lorraine, grid.29172.3f
  20. (20) Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute, grid.20522.37
  21. (21) University of Bristol, grid.5337.2
  22. (22) French National Cancer Institute, grid.455095.8
  23. (23) University of Salerno, grid.11780.3f
  24. (24) Institute of Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Italy
  25. (25) Paris 13 University, grid.11318.3a
  26. (26) Paris Descartes University, grid.10992.33
  27. (27) Paris municipal Department of social action, childhood, and health, Paris, France
  28. (28) Inserm U1061 Neuropsychiatry, Montpellier, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, London, UK
  29. (29) French Institute of Health and Medical Research, grid.7429.8
  30. (30) École Pratique des Hautes Études, grid.424469.9
  31. (31) Délégation Languedoc-Roussillon, grid.457377.5
  32. (32) Maastricht University, grid.5012.6
  33. (33) Institute of Epidemiology I, Helmholtz Zentrum München-German Research Center for Environmental Health, München, Italy
  34. (34) Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse, grid.411175.7
  35. (35) University of Southampton, grid.5491.9
  36. (36) Agencia de Servicios Sociales y Dependencia de Andalucía, grid.432716.5
  37. (37) Odense University Hospital, grid.7143.1, Southern Denmark Region
  38. (38) Gerontology Center, Site Sainte Périne, Université de Versailles St Quentin, Paris, France
  39. (39) Kyomed, Montpellier, France
  40. (40) David Hide Asthma and Allergy Research Centre, Isle of Wight, UK
  41. (41) Biella Hospital-Geriatric Department, Biella, Italy
  42. (42) Paul Sabatier University, grid.15781.3a
  43. (43) Healthy Ageing Network Northern Netherlands, Groningen, The Netherlands
  44. (44) Regional Ministry of Equality, Health and Social Policies of Andalusia, Sevilla, Spain
  45. (45) IRCCS Azienda Ospedaliera Santa Maria Nuova, Reggio Emilia, Italy
  46. (46) Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network, grid.501252.1
  47. (47) SATT AxLR, Montpellier, France
  48. (48) Public Health Authority of Galicia, Santiago de Compostala, Santiago, Spain
  49. (49) Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology, grid.417617.2
  50. (50) Hospital Del Mar, grid.411142.3
  51. (51) Institute of Health Carlos III, grid.413448.e
  52. (52) Pompeu Fabra University, grid.5612.0
  53. (53) Population-Based Epidemiological Cohorts, INSERM-UVSQ UMS 011, Villejuif, France
  54. (54) University Medical Center Utrecht, grid.7692.a
  55. (55) University Hospital Olomouc-National eHealth Centre, Prague, Czech Republic
  56. (56) Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, grid.417700.5
  57. (57) National Health Service Scotland, grid.422655.2
  58. (58) Agence Régionale de Santé, Montpellier, France
  59. (59) University of Naples Federico II, grid.4691.a
  60. (60) University of Milano-Bicocca, grid.7563.7
  61. (61) HEALTHWAYS, Neuilly sur Seine, France
  62. (62) University Hospital Olomouc, grid.412730.3
  63. (63) Biomax Informatics AG, Munich, Italy
  64. (64) University of Coimbra, grid.8051.c
  65. (65) VingCard Elsafe, Paris, France
  66. (66) Karolinska Institute, grid.4714.6
  67. (67) Regione Piemonte, Torino, Italy
  68. (68) University of Lower Silesia, grid.445638.8
  69. (69) Caisse Assurance Retraite et Santé Au Travail Languedoc-Roussillon (CARSAT-LR), Montpellier, France
  70. (70) South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, grid.477972.8
  71. (71) Département de Médecine Physique et de Réadaptation, Hôpital Carémeau et du Grau du Roi, CHRU Nîmes, Nîmes, France
  72. (72) Im GerontoLab Europe - Europäische Vereinigung für Vitalität und Aktives Altern (eVAA) e. V., Leipzig, Italy
  73. (73) Department of Epidemiology, Regional Health Service Lazio Region, Lazio, Italy
  74. (74) Department of Respiratory Medicine, Beatrix Children's Hospital, GRIAC Research Institute, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands
  75. (75) Centre Hospitalier Regional et Universitaire de Lille, grid.410463.4
  76. (76) Helmholtz Zentrum München/Institute of Epidemiology I, German Research Center for Environmental Health, Neuherberg, Italy
  77. (77) Institut du Cancer, Montpellier, France
  78. (78) University Medical Center Groningen, grid.4494.d
  79. (79) Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center Utrecht, University of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  80. (80) European Health Futures Forum, Isle of Wight, UK
  81. (81) Health Council of Galician Regional Government, Isle of Wight, Spain
  82. (82) Hospital Universitari i Politècnic La Fe, grid.84393.35
  83. (83) Cooperatie Slimmer Leven 2020, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  84. (84) Kronikgune, grid.424267.1
  85. (85) Madrid Health Service, grid.410361.1
  86. (86) North of England EU Health Partnership, Newcastle, UK
  87. (87) Fontys University of Applied Sciences, grid.448801.1
  88. (88) Director of Population-Based Epidemiological Cohorts, INSERM-UVSQ UMS 011, Villejuif, France

Description

Health is a multi-dimensional concept, capturing how people feel and function. The broad concept of Active and Healthy Ageing was proposed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the process of optimizing opportunities for health to enhance quality of life as people age. It applies to both individuals and population groups. A universal Active and Healthy Ageing definition is not available and it may differ depending on the purpose of the definition and/or the questions raised. While the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) has had a major impact, a definition of Active and Healthy Ageing is urgently needed. A meeting was organised in Montpellier, France, October 20-21, 2014 as the annual conference of the EIP on AHA Reference Site MACVIA-LR (Contre les Maladies Chroniques pour un Vieillissement Actif en Languedoc Roussillon) to propose an operational definition of Active and Healthy Ageing including tools that may be used for this. The current paper describes the rationale and the process by which the aims of the meeting will be reached.

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