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Geriatric Medicine and Healthy Aging

Élvio Rúbio Gouveia

University of Madeira

Sport Science researcher with the focus on the assessment and the implementation of strategies to promote physical activity, fitness, and quality of life, with the focus on the physiological assessment of human fitness and the promotion of healthy aging.


Bruna Raquel Gouveia

Saint Joseph of Cluny Higher School of Nursing

A researcher in Health Sciences mainly focused on Epidemiology, Human Development, Rehabilitation, and Health-associated Technologies.

Adilson Marques

University of Lisbon, Portugal

Sport Science researcher with the focus on the assessment and the implementation of strategies to promote physical activity, fitness, and quality of life.

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Andreas Ihle

University of Geneva

Psychological and social sciences researchers with the focus on promoting cognitive and physical health across the lifespan.


Aging Health Determinants Lifestyle Geriatrics Physical Activity Exercise Functional Abilities Mobility Cognitive Abilities Quality of Life Assisted Living

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To live a long and healthy life is now considered the main challenge of geriatric medicine worldwide. The WHO (2015) defined healthy aging as the “ongoing process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables wellbeing in older age”. Functional ability is a central concept in this approach since it comprises the interaction between physical and mental capacities in a particular environment. Physical activity (PA) has been considered a key recommendation in sustainable policies and action programs for healthy aging. Increasing PA is a necessary condition to maintain functional and cognitive abilities as well as social activities. Currently, special attention is given to assisted living technologies since innovative ICT-based products can make a real difference to people’s lives in different dimensions: physical, mental, and social. Considering the multifaceted character of the phenomenon, all these predictors directly impact health-related quality of life and should be addressed when debating healthy aging. In addition, the health care system should also discuss all these determinants in the promotion of health by preventing and treating diseases and disabilities. Here are the challenges of geriatric medicine for the next century.

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Élvio Rúbio Gouveia

University of Madeira

Élvio Rúbio Gouveia has a degree in Physical Education, a master’s in Physical Education, and a Ph.D. in Sport Sciences. Currently, Dr. Gouveia is an assistant professor at the University of Madeira, Portugal, and vice president of the Interactive Technologies Institute, a research unit from the Laboratory of Robotics and Engineering Systems. He also collaborates with the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Gerontology and Vulnerability, University of Geneva, Switzerland. He has been working on developing and evaluating strategies to promote physical activity, fitness, and quality of life. With a focus on the physiological assessment of human fitness and the promotion of healthy ageing, his research is grounded on a multidisciplinary approach to several issues that affect healthy fitness.

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