WKC Forum: Innovation for Ageing Populations
– Enhancing adherence: medication and nutrition

WHO Kobe Centre

1 OCTOBER 2014 | KOBE – In commemoration of the UN International Day of Older Persons celebrated every year on 1 October, the WHO Kobe Centre will organize an open forum on “Innovation for Ageing Populations – Enhancing adherence: medication and nutrition” in Kobe. 60 participants were in attendance to learn about the latest innovations for older populations to improve medical adherence and the well-being of elderly patients; and the useful nutrition insight for older adults.

Today, more important to supporting treatment success depends on the extent to which a person’s behaviour – taking medication, following a diet, and/or executing lifestyle changes – corresponds with agreed recommendations from a health care provider. This is the concept of “adherence”. Adherence to therapies is a primary determinant of treatment success.

At this forum, four Japanese experts in the field of gerontology, medication, and nutrition, presented their respective evidence-based body of work and strategic recommendations in moving forward on addressing current and emerging challenges on medical adherence and nutrition in ageing populations.


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