248253 Longevity and healthy ageing in Europe

Monday, October 31, 2011: 1:24 PM

Jean Marie Robine, DED , Health and Demography, INSERM, Montpellier, France
Carol Jagger, PhD , Institute for Ageing and Health, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Baltic and Eastern European countries gradually joined the European Union. Only a few states of the former Yugoslavia, Switzerland and Norway remain formally separate from the Union. Croatia, Iceland, Macedonia, Montenegro and Turkey are now applying to join the Union, which potentially could bring together 44 European countries at the borders of Russia. Two states of Southern Europe, Malta and Cyprus, have also benefited from its developments to join the Union, which now has 27 Member States (MS). These changes have greatly increased the diversity of the health of populations living within the European Union both in terms of mortality and prevalence of chronic illness or disability.

For the first European Innovation partnership for 2020, “enabling the European citizens to live longer independently in good health by increasing the average number of healthy life years by 2”, the Union has to ensure that the impressive gaps among the MS existing today, in terms of longevity or healthy ageing, are reducing. This paper will present an overview of actual differences and trends in life expectancy and health expectancies in Europe. It will focus on longevity increases as well as productive [50 to 65 or 70 years] and active [75+] ageing. It will also review the European activities dealing with Summary Measures of Population Health (SMPH).

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Administration, management, leadership
Advocacy for health and health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe and discuss health gaps among the European countries, in terms of actual and future trends

Keywords: Aging, Health Assessment

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I am the Project Leader of the European actions on healthy ageing
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.