Public Health (29-02-2012)
European Innovation Partnership on active and healthy ageing - Moving forward
Demographic ageing is one of the most serious challenges facing Europe today. The number of European citizens aged 65 and over will double over the next 50 years, from 87 million in 2010 to 148 million in 2060.
While this presents a specific challenge for European care and social systems, it is also an opportunity to redesign these systems in the interest of patients, healthcare systems and the innovative industry. The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) has been set up to respond to these challenges.
In November 2011, the EIP on Active and Healthy Ageing delivered a Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) identifying priority areas and specific actions, for public authorities, businesses and civil society (see IP/11/1309, IP/11/519).
Today's Communication from the Commission is the concrete follow-up for implementation of the specific actions. This includes: inviting stakeholder engagement; setting up a marketplace for innovative ideas; addressing regulatory and standardization issues. This will improve elderly citizens' lives, help them to contribute to society as they grow older, and reduce pressure on health and care systems. This will contribute also to sustainable growth.