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A transdisciplinary look at aging

Report on the interdisciplinary conference "Frailty" at St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences

A transdisciplinary look at aging
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St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences devoted itself last week to the consequences of demographic change in the healthcare sector in a professional event attended by top-quality specialists and titled "Frailty: an interdisciplinary approach - easing aging together".

In addition to informative lectures, a total of nine workshops offered the possibility of deepening practical knowledge in the areas of dietetics, physiotherapy, health and nursing care as well as law and digital healthcare. Contributors were: among others, Franz Kolland and Thomas Frühwald, board members of the Austrian Society for Gerontology and Geriatrics, Gerhard Wirnsberger from the University Clinic for Internal Medicine Graz and nursing scientist Monika Linhart. Participants were able to inform themselves, among other things, about the issues of gait disorders in old age, malnutrition, health and technology or about legal and ethical aspects of dealing with Frailty.

Winners of the Nestlé Heath Science Award chosen

In the framework of the conference, the research prize "Nestlé Health Science Award" for outstanding achievements by young researchers in the field of nutrition and nutritional therapy was also presented. Bachelor and master theses completed in the year 2016 by students from all over Austria in the specialist field of dietetics were honoured. The prize is awarded by Nestlé Health Science in cooperation with St. Pölten UAS after an independent jury evaluation. In addition, this year for the first time, special prices were also awarded in the fields of physiotherapy and health and nursing care.