An increasingly ageing society
By 2050, the population aged 75 years and over is expected to double in almost all European regions. This demographic presents both personal and societal challenges that require integrated and agile solutions. A person’s opportunity to ‘stay healthy through ageing’ is dependent on many factors including people’s diverse living environments, social stressors, and the biology of ageing.
To address the gaps in scientific evidence and the multiple ethical, societal, and structural barriers which exist, a new European research project studying healthy ageing has launched this month. Led by the University of Oulu in Finland, the consortium’s research will use data spanning the entire life course to explore how a person ages with multi-morbidity, which means having two or more long-term health conditions, and how it could be prevented. Beta is playing a crucial role in this project, supporting the consortium to communicate, disseminate and exploit the anticipated results.
Project Solutions and Impacts
The project team advocates that healthy ageing promotion should begin as early as possible and/or be actively corrected by personalised prevention. Solutions will focus on person-centred health and care services that focus on specific periods of life and are needs-based. These solutions – to detect, prevent and reduce the risk of ageing with multi-morbidity – will be co-designed with citizens, patients, healthcare providers, and policymakers, and include:
- Generating models and AI-assisted, age-friendly tools
- Running cohort-based clinical studies
- Developing a Europe-wide digital, interactive, healthy ageing atlas to inform policymaking and strategic urban development for age-friendly neighbourhoods.