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Health and Well Being in the Older Adult

McClintock et al   present the results of  study of community-dwelling older people (3500 participants: 57 to 85 years) comparing a medical model (disease and organ system based) with a comprehensive model (including measures of mental health, sensory function, mobility and history of bone fractures). The authors argue this comprehensive model is a better measure of health and well being in older adults and closer to the 1946 WHO definition of health: “state of
complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” The comprehensive model was independently associated with mortality and morbidity (see definitions in the paper).

 

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