AHE-Conference 2017

Public Health Conference: Key Issues in current health research: Ageing - Health - Equity

Demographic change and evolving demands on healthcare systems, especially with respect to the provision of healthcare and nursing care for a growing number of older people, will be among the greatest social challenges of the coming decades.

The pursuit of health equity in ageing societies raises several questions: on the one hand there are persisting health inequities related to a social gradient in health. On the other hand, as resources are limited, social challenges to healthcare and the healthcare system will always entail questions of distributive justice. Health equity is therefore a central cross-sectional topic of health research in Bremen.

The Conference on Ageing, Health and Equity, organised by the high-profile research area of Health Sciences at the University of Bremen, served as a forum for discussing these key challenges of healthcare in ageing societies. A common focus were disparities in healthcare and equity requirements.

Based on the conference contributions a special issue of the  "International Journal of Environmental Research and Health" was published: link to journal website.

The presentations of the conference can be downloaded here:

  • James Nazroo (University of Manchester, UK): Ageing, Frailty and Wellbeing: Trends, Inequality, and Implications for Policy
  • Carol Hall (University of Nottingham, UK): Qualifications requirements and the training of EU professionals for healthcare quality, equity and opportunity in aging societies
  • Clemens Tesch-Römer (German Centre of Gerontology, Berlin): Ageing and Diversity: Responsiveness to health needs of elderly migrants
  • Jeanine Suurmond (AMC, University of Amsterdam, NL): Ageing and Diversity: Responsiveness to health needs of elderly migrants

  • Jens Hoebel, Alexander Rommel, Enno Nowossadeck, Sara L. Schröder, Judith Fuchs Thomas Lampert: Socioeconomic inequalities in health and unmet needs for health care among the elderly in Germany
  • Stefania Ilinca, Ricardo Rodrigues, Andrea Schmidt:  Fairness and eligibility to long-term care:  an analysis of the factors driving inequality and inequity in access to home care for older Europeans
  • Elisabeth Dorant, Theresia Krieger: Vade Mecum: Interprofessional cross-border health system development in the acute geriatric setting
  • Nicholas Adjei , Tilman Brand, Hajo Zeeb: Gender inequality in self-reported health among the elderly in contemporary welfare countries
  • Johanna Schönbach, Manuela Pfinder, Claudia Börnhorst, Hajo Zeeb, Tilman Brand: Changes in leisure-time physical activity across transition to retirement: modification by migration background and acculturation status (no download available)