Conclusion: Moving Beyond Disease-Based Models of Prevention

  • John R. BeardEmail author
Part of the Practical Issues in Geriatrics book series (PIG)


In the 2015 World report on ageing and health, the World Health Organization emphasised the need to consider Healthy Ageing from the perspective of people’s functional ability to be, and to do, the things they value. This ability is determined by the intrinsic capacity of the individual (i.e. all of the individual’s physical and mental, including psychosocial, capacities), the environments they inhabit, and the interaction between the individual and their environment. Furthermore, the report emphasised the importance of considering patterns of ability and capacity across people’s lives.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Ageing and Life CourseWorld Health OrganizationGenevaSwitzerland

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