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Aging, Functioning, and Rehabilitation: A Workshop

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will host a free public one and a half-day workshop on Aging, Functioning, and Rehabilitation, on Friday, 16 February and Saturday, 17 February 2024 at the University of Lucerne in Lucerne, Switzerland. Public attendees may join in person or via a live webcast.

The workshop will facilitate a discussion focused on the World Health Organization's concept of functioning and its role in rethinking the concept of health, with a focus on healthy aging and the future of rehabilitation as a health strategy.


The workshop will feature invited presentations and panel discussions on topics such as:
  • The World Health Organization’s concept of functioning in the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF);

  • Moving beyond traditional health outcome measures and operationalizing functioning as a measure of health;

  • Standardizing and routinely collecting functioning data in health information systems;

  • Ways to integrate functioning into public health strategies for healthy aging and healthy longevity;

  • Disability from the perspective of functioning: a universal human experience as well as a discrete social group seeking equity;

  • Epidemiology of functioning: the consequences of using functioning as the third health indicator augmenting mortality and morbidity;

  • How demographic and epidemiological projections are shaping the future of public health in the context of functioning;

  • Conceptualizing and operationalizing rehabilitation as the health strategy that aims to optimize functioning, which could serve as the basis for scaling rehabilitation in the 21st century;

  • Functioning and person-centered care: the lived experience of health;

  • Functioning and value-based health care.


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