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ZNANSTVENA IN STROKOVNA MEDNARODNA KONFERENCA

»ZDRAVJE STAROSTNIKOV«


21. SEPTEMBER 2018, Portorož, Slovenia
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PURPOSE AND AIM OF THE CONFERENCE


The purpose of this conference is to highlight the actual health problems of the elderly, to present the latest studies in this field, and to see new approaches used in practice. Current issues and challenges in elderly health prevention and promotion will be addressed in five thematic sections as theleading themes of the conference. Sections will be held consecutively, allowing conference participants to attend each session, and gain comprehensive insight into the health of the elderly. Section lectures will be given according to speakers' preferences.

The conference will host researchers, experts from practice, university professors, students, and other interested people who are directly or indirectly engaged in the field of public health and related disciplines.



SCIENTIFIC AND ORGANISING COMMITTEE




Head of the Scientific Committee

assoc. prof. Nejc Šarabon, PhD
UP Faculty of Health Sciences

tel: +386 5 66 26 462
e-mail: nejc.sarabon@fvz.upr.si
Head of the Organising Committee

assist. prof. Boris Kovač, PhD
UP Faculty of Health Sciences

tel: +386 5 66 26 465
e-mail: boris.kovac@fvz.upr.si




SESSIONS OF THE CONFERENCE




PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF ADJUSTMENT TO AGING

An Ageing society has a strong influence on changes in economic, social and societal circumstances, especially on the health system, and on changes in employment structure in those societies. The quality of life of older people is often influenced by the occurrence of physical changes (e.g. chronic and degenerative illnesses), changes in finance, reducedsocial networks, and frequent emotional distress. Indeed, the successful ageing process of older people depends on their ability to adjust to these changes.


NUTRITION PROBLEMS AND CHALLENGES IN THE ELDERLY

Our energy and nutritional needs change with different life stages, therefore compliance with dietary guidelines and recommendations is of great importance for the elderly. Proper nutrition, and the inclusion of functional foods and nutraceuticals is important for health maintenance and disease prevention, as well as for relieving symptoms before disease onset occurs. Within this section, nutritional challenges and different approaches to a proper diet for the elderly will be examined in order to improve eating habits and quality of life.


INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) SOLUTIONS AND SERVICES TAILORED FOR THE ELDERLY

Information and communication technologies (ICT) are becoming an increasingly important element in the everyday lives of elderly people, and their own interest in public health and social-welfare is increasing. In this section, the research in this field will be presented, including modern ICT solutions and services tailored for the needs of elderly people. These solutions and services support the elderly in their everyday activities, engaging them, helping them stay in contact with their relatives, and with the healthcare system, etc. ICT systems are efficient in the prevention and response of accidents (e.g. falls, various alarms). The use of ICT by the elderly may extend the period of time elderly can live in their own homes, whilst in nursing homes, ICTs may facilitate elderly care, making their stay more enjoyable.


ELDERLY – ENVIRONMENT

Ageing has an unequivocal effect on the psychophysical capabilities of a person. Genetic differences, life experiences and, last but not least, the quality of the built environment can each affect the occurrence of a variety of ageing problems. It is necessary to adapt the built environment to the specific needs of the elderly, in order to improve safety and enhance activities that restore, maintain or increase autonomy. Certainly, the quality of ageing depends on one's autonomy.


PHYSICAL (IN)ACTIVITY AND ITS ROLE IN HEALTH OF THE ELDERLY

Regular physical activity in older age is without a doubt an important factor for preventing and treating several non-communicable diseases, ensuring independence and preventing falls. A variety of physical activity programs have already been demonstrated to promote strength, balance and overall fitness in the elderly. Improved physical health is not the only positive impact of physical activity, since it can also improve cognitive abilities and psychological functions as well. Even though there is an abundance of scientific evidence to support these data, most people get less and less physically active as they age, particularly because they do not engage in many leisure-time activities. Providing supporting social and physical environments for elderly to become, or stay, physically-active should therefore be amongst the most important goals of healthcare professionals. Therefore, the goal of this conference section is to introduce different physical activity programs designed for elderly, discuss their effects on disease occurrence, elderly independence, cognitive abilities and other aspect of health, and to deliberate the steps that should be taken in the future on this area.



IMPORTANT DATES



15 April 2018
EXTENDED Abstract submission deadline
15 July 2018
EXTENDED Full article submission deadline (optional)
30 June 2018
Registration deadline for active participants
20 August 2018
Registration deadline for passive participants
21 September 2018
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