Operational Definition of Active and Healthy Aging (AHA): The European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on AHA Reference Site Questionnaire: Montpellier October 20-21, 2014, Lisbon July 2, 2015.

Authors:
Jean Bousquet
Jean Bousquet
Université Laval
Canada
Joao Malva
Joao Malva
University of Coimbra
Coimbra | Portugal
Michel Nogues
Michel Nogues
MACVIA-LR
Bruno Vellas
Bruno Vellas
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse
Toulouse | France
John Farrell
John Farrell
University of Liverpool
United Kingdom

J Am Med Dir Assoc 2015 Dec 20;16(12):1020-6. Epub 2015 Oct 20.

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Belfast, Ireland.

A core operational definition of active and healthy aging (AHA) is needed to conduct comparisons. A conceptual AHA framework proposed by the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing Reference Site Network includes several items such as functioning (individual capability and underlying body systems), well-being, activities and participation, and diseases (including noncommunicable diseases, frailty, mental and oral health disorders). The instruments proposed to assess the conceptual framework of AHA have common applicability and availability attributes. The approach includes core and optional domains/instruments depending on the needs and the questions. A major common domain is function, as measured by the World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule 2.0 (WHODAS 2.0). WHODAS 2.0 can be used across all diseases and healthy individuals. It covers many of the AHA dimensions proposed by the Reference Site network. However, WHODAS 2.0 does not include all dimensions proposed for AHA assessment. The second common domain is health-related quality of life (HRQoL). A report of the AHA questionnaire in the form of a spider net has been proposed to facilitate usual comparisons across individuals and groups of interest.

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