Theme week on the priorities of an ageing Europe

The European Week of Active and Healthy Ageing (EWAHA) looks into the most pressing topics of population ageing in Europe.

The theme week consists of online discussion events and webinars with open registration on the EWAHA website. Participants will discuss the priorities, strategies and political action for society’s preparedness for population ageing. The program started on Monday 2 November with a panel with Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President of the European Commission for Democracy and Demography, and Claudia Mahler, UN independent expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons.

EWAHA is organised co-operatively by three separate projects: The Active Assisted Living (AAL) Programme, the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, and the joint programming initiative More Years, Better Lives. These projects have combined their strengths to give the ageing population more focus in the European research and innovation agenda.

The projects have their sights on the next ten years until 2030. A decade during which we should pay serious attention to active and healthy ageing and the shift in population structure. The World Health Organization named this decade as the Decade of Healthy Ageing, where the priorities are solidarity between generations and adapting the care sector to the needs of the ageing population. The project initiatives also concern innovation for building added capacity and new services.

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