CORDIS Express: Ageing Europe

  • Europe

21st January 2015, European Commission


How well prepared is Europe to meet the needs of its ageing population? Through Horizon 2020, EU research and innovation aim to ensure that we are equipped to tackle the many challenges that an ageing Europe presents. For example, by developing new technologies like patient-focused apps or robots that can monitor and assist us at home, we can help to keep older people active and independent for longer. And by testing and demonstrating new models and tools for health and care delivery, we can try to ensure that our systems develop and remain sustainable to support the needs of an older population.

During the first two years of Horizon 2020 (Work Programme for 2014/15), the EU is investing some EUR 1 200 million in the challenge of Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing. During this time, the Ambient Assisted Living Programme (AAL) will also support market-oriented research and SMEs, and work in tandem with the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) to ensure that best practices are widely disseminated.

This week’s edition of CORDIS Express presents a selection of projects that are already working to address the issues associated with an ageing population, as well as related news and events.

- Improving dementia care with patient-focused apps

- Trending science: Silicon Valley seeks cure for ageing

- Facilitating healthy ageing

- Consortium on Health and Ageing: Network of Cohorts in Europe and the United States

- Similarities in brain development and ageing

- International Congress: Transforming Care 2015