The 2nd and 3rd Comparative Health Sciences Symposia were convened in Budapest, Hungary to address “Healthy and Active Ageing – New outcomes in the field of prevention and rehabilitation”, and “Humane Ageing”.
The symposia were under the patronage of the Head of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Semmelweis University, Prof Dr Zoltán Zsolt NAGY, symposia moderators were Prof Dr Csaba NYAKAS, professor emeritus and Gabriella DÖRNYEI PhD, Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs.
Rowe and Kahn declared in their influential paper published in 1987 the three major elements of successful ageing: “freedom from disease and disability, high cognitive and physical functioning, and social and productive engagement”. In line with this, the 2nd and 3rd Comparative Health Sciences Symposia had three major objectives: to identify the most important factors in healthy and active ageing, to provide a broad insight in the biomedical, psychological and social aspects of humane ageing, and to set new aims in the field of prevention and rehabilitation for the elderly population.
The symposia were attended by 15 leading experts from Hungary. The Symposia was opened by Professor Zoltán Zsolt NAGY (Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of the Department of Ophthalmology, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary) who highlighted the crucial role of environmental, psychological, and social factors, as well as the importance of behaviours such as getting regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, not smoking, and not drinking excessively, which can help to prevent or moderate many common chronic diseases. Ageing studies show that many chronic diseases are preventable or modifiable and are related to social, cultural, environmental, and lifestyle factors. Therefore, it is important to emphasise individual differences and to relate the physical factors of old age with the social, interpersonal, and psychological environments.