Transforming the future of ageing

Working group members

Jean-Pierre Michel
Chair
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Geneva University
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Diana Kuh
Vice-Chair
Professor
University College London
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Rose Anne Kenny
Vice-Chair
Professor
Trinity College Dublin
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Richard Reilly
Vice-Chair
Professor
Trinity College Dublin
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Liat Ayalon
Professor
Bar Ilan University
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Axel Boersch-Supan
Professor
Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy
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Jacques Bringer
Professor
University of Montpellier
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Alfonso Cruz Jentoft
Professor
Hospital University Ramón & Cajal
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Giovanni Gambassi
Associate Professor
Catholic University of Sacro Cuore
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Alan Gow
Associate Professor
Heriot-Watt University
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Tomasz Grodzicki
Professor
Jagellionian University Medical College
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Lenka Lhotska
Professor
Czech Technical University in Prague
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Ekaterina Markova
Senior Research Fellow
Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge
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Rytis Maskeliunas
Professor
Kauno Technical University
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Carlo Patrono
Professor
Catholic University School of Medicine
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Lene Juel Rasmussen
Professor
University of Copenhagen
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Regina Roller-Wirnsberger
Professor
Medical University of Graz
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Archana Singh-Manoux
Eline Slagboom
Professor
Leiden University Medical Centre
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Anne Pieter van der Mei
Professor
Maastricht University
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Leo van Wissen
Professor
Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, University of Groningen
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Jose Vina
Professor
University of Valencia
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In Europe and around the world, people are living longer than ever before. This is one of the greatest achievements of the past century, but it also brings challenges for European societies and the EU as a whole.

We must adjust to an ageing and shrinking workforce, and find financially viable ways to deliver high-quality health and social care for all.

What the report says

SAPEA’s evidence review report shows that the ageing process needs to be transformed. Europe must tackle the challenges presented by ageing in every generation.

  • When it comes to predicting how people age, evidence indicates that genetic factors are relatively minor compared to lifestyle behaviours such as a healthy diet and physical activity. Policies to promote these behaviours from early childhood, and even in unborn children, contribute directly to a healthy ageing process across people’s whole lives.
  • Ageing in the future will take place in a very different context from the past and will be profoundly affected by phenomena such as climate change, air pollution and antibiotic resistance, as well as ongoing social changes. Policies will only be successful if they accommodate these changes.
  • Technology is already changing the experience of ageing, including wearable and assistive devices and the advent of AI. But barriers of acceptance and practicality must be overcome.
  • Education improvements at a young age are vital not only to improve individual health, but also to equip our future workforce with the skills it needs to support an ageing population in a rapidly changing society.

Debate and impact

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SAPEA’s work on transforming the future of ageing will be presented and discussed at a range of events for researchers, policy-makers and the general public in 2019. The list below will be updated throughout the year.

Transforming the future of ageing in the Portuguese context
The SAPEA report will be a starting point for the discussion during an event co-organised by SAPEA, Portuguese Academy of Medicine and FEAM, and hosted by Infarmed Autoridade Nacional do Medicamento e Produtos de Saúde, I.P.
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IAGGER2019
The congress is the natural meeting place for researchers and professionals engaged in various scientific enquires and aging matters; whether in biological science, medical and health sciences, social sciences, in humanities or aging services. The main track of the congress includes sessions on multidisciplinary aspects of aging in which professionals and scientists can meet and learn from each other.
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Transforming the future of ageing in the Romanian context
The SAPEA report will be a starting point for the discussion during an event co-organised by SAPEA and the Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences on 20 June in Bucharest.
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Transforming the future of ageing in the French context
The SAPEA report will be a starting point for the discussion during an event co-organised by SAPEA, the French Academy of Medicine and FEAM, in partnership with the Foundation of the French Academy of Medicine on 27 June 2019 in Paris.
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Transforming the future of ageing in the Israeli context
The SAPEA report will be a starting point for the discussion during an event organised by the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities on 23 July 2019 in Jerusalem.
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Day of Older People
The event in Madrid is planned on 1 October 2019.
Transforming the future of ageing in the Italian context
The three day event, of which second day will be entirely dedicated to the SAPEA report, will take place on 4-6 November 2019 in Rome.

Information will be added once it’s available.

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