The European Commission has identified active and healthy ageing as a major societal challenge common to all European countries, as well as an area which presents considerable potential for Europe to lead the world in providing innovative solutions.
Common key challenges for the European Union and Member States include adjusting to an ageing and shrinking workforce, while achieving access to high quality healthcare for all and ensuring the financial viability of healthcare systems.
By initiative of the Science Advice for Policy by European Academies (SAPEA) consortium, the Scientific Advice Mechanism is taking up the task of providing science advice to the European Commission on the Future of Ageing. This will take account of the current international and European policy context and the available scientific evidence, to address the question of what policies at the EU level could support the Member States in achieving inclusive, fair and sustainable systems of health and social care and promote the taking up of innovation for ageing societies.
The scoping paper was adopted by the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors on 27 April 2018. The scientific advice on this topic is expected to be delivered by April 2019.
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