COURAGE in Europe

COllaborative Research on AGEing in Europe

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Contract/Grant agreement number
: 223071
EC contribution
: € 2,999,992.00
: 44 months
Starting date
: 01/05/2009
: Ageing, determinants of health and disability, cross-population study, quality of life, well-being, built environment, social networks.
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COURAGE in Europe was a three-year project involving 12 partners from 4 European countries and the World Health Organization. It was inspired by the pressing need to integrate international studies on disability and ageing in light of an innovative perspective based on a validated data-collection protocol. COURAGE in Europe Project collected data on the determinants of health and disability in an ageing population, with specific tools for the evaluation of the role of the built environment and social networks on health, disability, quality of life and well-being. The main survey was conducted by partners in Finland, Poland and Spain where the survey was administered to a sample of 10800 persons, and was completed in March 2012. The newly developed and validated COURAGE Protocol for Ageing Studies has proven to be a valid tool for collecting comparable data in ageing population and understanding and better measuring health, disability, quality of life and well-being and the role of health in promoting these, across the life course.

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