Webinar: Prevention in the elderly: what should we know, especially on vaccinations?


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Prevention in the elderly: what should we know, especially on vaccinations?

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The population structure in the world is changing dramatically, and the aging of societies is a demographic fact.

In 2022, there were 771 million people aged 65 or over – almost 10% globally. The older population is projected to reach 994 million by 2030 and hit 1.6 billion by 2050 – 16.4% globally, but 27% in Europe and North America!

Half of this age group is aged 75 years or over, and their growth rate is the fastest, compared to every other age group.

These demographic facts make preventive medicine and health promotion a key issue, especially for primary healthcare teams.

The leading causes of death among persons aged 65 and over used to be (1) Heart disease, (2) Cancer, (3) Stroke, (4) Chronic lower respiratory disease, but in recent years COVID-19 took the 3rd place as a leading cause of death.

Prevention of morbidity is also important, as the elderly tend to be fragile, and different diseases such as infectious diseases may have a longer recovery than usual.

The practice of prevention should be evidence-based in order to be accurate and to reduce overdiagnosis and overtreatment.

In this webinar we will discuss the new vaccinations that have recently been introduced (e.g., against pneumococcal diseases and herpes zoster) and go over the other prevention guidelines.

  • Dr. Tom Axelrod (Presenter)
    Clalit Healthcare Services

  • Dr Ferdinando Petrazzuoli (Moderator)

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