SCIENCE ADVICE FOR POLICY
BY EUROPEAN ACADEMIES

Transforming the future of ageing

In Europe and around the world, people are living longer than ever before. This is one of the greatest achievements of the past century, but it also brings challenges for European societies and the EU as a whole.

SAPEA’s evidence review report shows that the ageing process needs to be transformed. Europe must tackle the challenges presented by ageing in every generation.

When it comes to predicting how people age, evidence indicates that genetic factors are relatively minor compared to lifestyle behaviours such as a healthy diet and physical activity. Policies to promote these behaviours from early childhood, and even in unborn children, contribute directly to a healthy ageing process across people’s whole lives.

Ageing in the future will take place in a very different context from the past and will be profoundly affected by phenomena such as climate change, air pollution and antibiotic resistance, as well as ongoing social changes. Policies will only be successful if they accommodate these changes.

Technology is already changing the experience of ageing, including wearable and assistive devices and the advent of AI. But barriers of acceptance and practicality must be overcome.

Education improvements at a young age are vital not only to improve individual health, but also to equip our future workforce with the skills it needs to support an ageing population in a rapidly changing society.

Working group members

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Geneva University
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University College London
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Trinity College Dublin
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Trinity College Dublin
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Bar Ilan University
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Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy
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University of Montpellier
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Hospital University Ramón & Cajal
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Catholic University of Sacro Cuore
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Heriot-Watt University
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Jagellionian University Medical College
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Czech Technical University in Prague
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Senior Research Fellow
Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge
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Kauno Technical University
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University of Copenhagen
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Medical University of Graz
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Leiden University Medical Centre
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Maastricht University
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University of Groningen
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University of Valencia
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Events

Policy implications of Transforming the Future of Ageing
For its 2019 report Transforming the future of ageing, SAPEA brought together eminent European scientists to explore and respond to the question “What policies at the EU level could support member states in achieving inclusive, fair and sustainable systems of health and social care to promote the taking-up of innovation for ageing societies?”.
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Ageing: from Basic Science to Policy Advice
The first International Feltrinelli Conference; “Ageing: from Basic Science to Policy Advice” will take place on 4-6 November 2019 in Rome. The event is dedicated to reviewing and discussing the multifaceted aspects of the ageing process. The conference is supported by SAPEA and the Lincei Academy’s Fondo “Antonio Feltrinelli”.
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Ageing report to be discussed in Madrid
The recent SAPEA report Transforming the future of ageing will be a starting point for discussion during an event co-organised by SAPEA and the Royal Academy of Medicine in Spain.
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Transforming the Future of Ageing – SAPEA event in Israel
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? This question is tackled by the upcoming SAPEA Evidence Review Report, which will be published this spring.
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Transforming the Future of Ageing – SAPEA event in France
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? This question is tackled by the upcoming SAPEA Evidence Review Report.
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Transforming the Future of Ageing – SAPEA event in Romania
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? This question is tackled by the upcoming SAPEA Evidence Review Report.
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Transforming the Future of Ageing – SAPEA event in Portugal
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? This question is tackled by the upcoming SAPEA Evidence Review Report, which will be published this spring.
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News

04 October 2019: SAPEA report on the future of ageing handed over to Advisors
On Tuesday, 1 October the SAPEA evidence review "Transforming the future of ageing" was officially handed over to Pearl Dykstra from the Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors during an event at the Royal Academy of Medicine in Madrid. The event coincided with the International Day of Older Persons. This year’s theme was ‘The Journey to Age Equality’ and focused on pathways of coping with existing, and preventing future, old age inequalities.
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12 September 2019: The Future of Ageing discussed in Europe and beyond
Our report on the Future of Ageing has been presented to the public, researchers and policy stakeholders and the evidence discussed in light of demographic, health and economic conditions in several countries.
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27 June 2019: The challenges of ageing must be faced by the young, top scientists tell new Commission
Society must tackle the challenges presented by ageing in every generation – not leave them until old age. This is the key conclusion of a major new Evidence Review Report entitled Transforming the Future of Ageing, published today (27 June) by SAPEA and led by the Federation of European Academies of Medicine.
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03 June 2019: Science advice under the spotlight in Lisbon
SAPEA participated in two major scientific events last week in Lisbon, Portugal, bringing together scientists, policymakers, industry and the public.
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07 June 2018: New Topic: Transforming the Future of Ageing
As an initiative from SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies), the Scientific Advice Mechanism is taking up the task of providing science advice to the European Commission on the future of ageing.
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Academic impact

Media coverage

13 May 2022: Fondation de l'academie de medecine
Obtain the Society & Aging White Book
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07 February 2020: Portal do Envelhecimento
Transformando o futuro do envelhecimento
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14 January 2020: AAL Programme
Transforming the Future of Ageing
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14 November 2019: Société Française des Technologies pour l’autonomie & de Gérontechnologie
Les jeunes doivent faire face aux défis du vieillissement
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07 November 2019: Almanacco della Scienza
Combattere la demenza con la dieta
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07 November 2019: Panorama della Sanità
Invecchiamento: educazione e stili di vita corretti sin dall’infanzia sono la chiave per un’assistenza sanitaria sostenibile e inclusiva
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06 November 2019: Salute Domani
Invecchiamento: educazione e stili di vita corretti sin dall’infanzia sono la chiave per un’assistenza sanitaria sostenibile e inclusiva
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06 November 2019: FNOMCeO
Invecchiamento: educazione e stili di vita corretti sin dall’infanzia sono la chiave per un’assistenza sanitaria sostenibile e inclusiva
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06 November 2019: Salute H24
Invecchiamento: educazione e stili di vita corretti sin dall’infanzia sono la chiave per un’assistenza sanitaria sostenibile e inclusiva
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06 November 2019: Rai Cultura
Special: Ageing: from basic science to policy advice
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23 October 2019: Balance sociosanitario
El futuro del envejecimiento
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26 September 2019: European Geriatric Medicine Society
SAPEA report about "Transforming the future of ageing"
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09 September 2019: Ageing news
Transforming the future of ageing
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04 September 2019: JP-demographic
Report SAPEA: Transforming the future of ageing
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30 August 2019: European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing
Transforming the future of ageing
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24 July 2019: Czech Academy of Sciences
Mladá generace musí řešit výzvy spojené se stárnutím, vzkazují odborníci nové Evropské komisi
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18 July 2019: Heriot-Watt University
Heriot-Watt academic contributes to new report on ageing
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10 July 2019: PRO.M.I.S website
Rapporto di SAPEA sulla trasformazione dell’invecchiamento
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09 July 2019: Radio Notre Dame
Le Grand Témoin
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05 July 2019: Actualités santé et protection sociale
Quelle réponse face au vieillissement des populations en Europe ? Transforming the future for ageing
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04 July 2019: TV5Monde
64' le monde en français
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01 July 2019: The Royal Irish Academy
The challenges of ageing must be faced by the young, top scientists tell new Commission
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01 July 2019: Hospimedia
Des experts plaident pour un dossier médical européen pour retarder l'entrée en Ehpad
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28 June 2019: Académie Nationale de Médecine
Rapport « Transformer le futur du vieillissement » suite au colloque du 27 juin 2019
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28 June 2019: Trinity College Dublin
Two Trinity researchers involved in publication of major new report on ageing
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28 June 2019: N3D
L’europe au défi du grand âge
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27 June 2019: The Engineering Academy of the Czech Republic
Dokument ke zprávě - TRANSFORMING THE FUTURE OF AGEING
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27 June 2019: Sciences Switzerland
Transforming the future of ageing
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27 June 2019: Age Economie
Les jeunes doivent faire face aux défis du vieillissement, disent de grands scientifiques à la nouvelle Commission
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27 June 2019: Academia Europeaea
SAPEA report on how to transform the future of ageing is published today
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27 June 2019: Young Academy of Scotland
European report on transforming the future of aging
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27 June 2019: ALLEA
SAPEA Report: The challenges of ageing must be faced by the young
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27 June 2019: Le Figaro
Comment mieux vieillir? L’Europe au défi du grand âge
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26 June 2019: Le Point
EXCLUSIF. Comment faire face au vieillissement des Européens ?
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