ageing population and disabilities
A better standard of living and greater access to more
advanced medical care has increased life expectancy dramatically
this century, while birth rates have fallen.
two trends are creating a 'top-heavy' population, with an expanding
proportion of older people. This is not a problem, of course, if
senior citizens can look forward to years of good quality life after
But what happens when natural degeneration starts to cause health
problems, or if an age-related disease such as Parkinson's, arthritis
or senile dementia develops? None of these diseases are immediately
life-threatening, but they can make life difficult to bear and place
a great financial, emotional and logistical burden on health services,
families and carers.
This key action aims to promote quality of life for the elderly.
Through researching more effective prevention and treatment for
age-related disease and disability, as well as their societal consequences,
it will allow more people to enjoy good health and independence
in their old age, as well as reducing the strain on public health