Healthy Ageing (2004 - 2007)
Demographic trends are a key factor for the future of the European Union. The population is ageing because of the falling birth rate and lengthening life expectancy. By the year 2015, there will be 33% more people aged 80 and above than in 2004 in the EU. The need to improve and strengthen the knowledge exchange on healthy ageing is a challenge for European countries.
Healthy ageing is the process of optimising opportunities for physical, social and mental health to enable older people to take an active part in society, without experiencing discrimination, and to enjoy an independent and good quality of life.
The aim of the Healthy Ageing project was to promote healthy ageing in later life stages (older people aged 50 and above). The project focussed on different aspects of health and promoted healthy ageing through the development of an integrated holistic approach to health in later life.
Data on health, the impact of health determinants and older people at EU and member state level have been reviewed as well as examples of good practice, effective intervention, policies and strategies. Recommendations for policy and practice on healthy ageing at EU and member state level have been made and a report has been produced.
After the end of the project EuroHealthNet members continued to work on this topic in the form of a Special Interest Group. For more information please contact our office.
Contract holder and coordinator: Swedish National Institute of Public Health
The Healthy Ageing project was co-funded by the European Commission.
For full information, and follow up resulting from this project, please visit the Policy Action Group on Healthy Ageing.