• Learning objective 1: To understand the relationship between aging and disability and application of PPCR model to reduce disability in aging.
  • Learning objective 2: To be able to offer evidence-based advice on appropriate exercises based on the PPCR model.

People worldwide are living longer. By 2050, the world’s population aged 60 years and older is expected to total 2 billion, up from 900 million in 2015. At a biological level, aging is associated with the gradual accumulation of a wide variety of molecular and cellular damage over time. This damage leads to a gradual decrease in physical and mental capacity, an increased risk of many diseases, and a general decline in the capacity of the individual. Common conditions in older age include hearing loss, cataracts, and refractive errors, back, and neck pain and osteoarthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, depression, and dementia. Furthermore, as people age, they are more likely to experience several conditions at the same time. Older age is also characterized by the emergence of several complex health states that tend to occur only later in life and that do not fall into discrete disease categories. These are commonly called geriatric syndromes. They are often the consequence of multiple underlying factors and include frailty, urinary incontinence, falls, delirium, and pressure ulcers. Inactivity in old age is another factor that may cause or furthers these health-related problems.

The changes of the body and health in older age, with or without the influence of environmental factors lead to lower functional ability and participation and confined them into the state of disability. This process can be limited by influencing the changes in the body and health in older age. Most of the body changes and health conditions, which may lead the older people into disability can be influenced through measures including physical exercises and physical activities.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has provided recommendations for sufficient amounts of physical activity for adults and older adults since this has significant health benefits and helps prevent some non-communicable diseases. However, the expected amount of physical activities has not been reached due to various reasons. The PPCR model provides a practical way to provide sufficient amounts of exercises for this target group. This model suggested to achieve this influence through either “Prehabilitation”, “Prevention”, “Cure” or “Rehabilitation” or with a combination of these approaches. This system mainly consists of a home and community based and also a user-friendly approach.

Implications / Conclusions: 

Rehabilitation professionals meet the elderly population on many occasions and settings during their practice as the geriatric care and rehabilitation is a rapidly growing specialty. Therefore the rehabilitation professionals can be identified as the ideal professionals to promote, guide, prescribe, and manage exercise activities focusing to prevent disabilities in elderly populations.

In addition to the existing skills, rehabilitation professionals require an understanding of the impact of their exercise advice on older adults. This workshop will offer a practical guide in the provision of such exercises. Also, this workshop will discuss the evidence available and address the issues of offering practical advice for this target group.


Target Audience

  • Rehabilitation Professionals working with Older Adults.
  • Any Rehabilitation Professionals with an interest in exercise advice.
  • Disability and Rehabilitation Researches and Professionals

Date: 05th November 2020

Time: 3.20 P.M – 5.20 P.M


Sujeewa Weerasinghe

Dr. Sujeewa Weerasinghe
Executive Director and Consultant in Physiotherapy, PhysioLife Care (Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation and Research), Sri Lanka
Visiting Lecturer, University of Colombo,
Sri Lanka.

Sanjeewa Thunpaththu
Sanjeewa Thunpaththu
Senior Physiotherapist, National Hospital of Sri Lanka
Visiting Lecturer, University of Colombo,
Sri Lanka.

Conference Chair’s Workshop

A workshop will be arranged by the Conference Chair to discuss the outcomes and get feedback of the Conference. Participants can share their experience of attending the conference and express their ideas on areas to be improved in the future.

Moreover, the plans to be executed when organizing for WDRC 2020  will be discussed during the workshop providing an opportunity for participants to share their views and voice their suggestions in terms of the conference theme, conference tracks, venue, dates, keynote speakers, partners featured events and any other applicable areas.

The workshop will provide an insight to deliver the future conferences in a fruitful way with the outputs received by the Conference Chair, Keynote Speakers, Participants and Organizers.

Dr. Loren O’Connor

Assistant Vice Chancellor of the Office of Accessible Education and Counseling Services,

Brandman University,


Share your story at the WDRC 2020

The storytelling session of the WDRC 2020 offers you the opportunity to share your story in the following categories and modes of presentation:


  • Success Stories—personal and project achievements, joyful accomplishments
  • Stories of Struggles–including setbacks, anger, sadness


  • Narratives
  • Documentary films
  • Short fiction films
  • Performance art—poetry, song, short dramas

Date: 06th November 2020

Time: 10.50 a.m. – 12.20 a.m.

How to submit your work

  • Send your original work to on or before with your biography.
  • Your work should be submitted in English
  • After submission, please acknowledge receipt via an email within three working days.
  • Submissions must be in English or with English subtitles.
  • All storytellers will be notified of acceptance within two weeks.

Each storyteller will be given a 30-minute slot in the session including the discussion time.