AGEING POPULATIONS: HOW EUROPE CAN LIVE LONGER AND BETTER
- EUROPE’S AGEING POPULATION FACES AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE
- MORE AND MORE EUROPEANS ARE LIVING LONGER
- A DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFT IS UNDERWAY
- MEANWHILE, CHRONIC DISEASE IS ON THE RISE
- MANY CHRONIC DISEASES CAN BE PREVENTED AND MANAGED
- HELPING PEOPLE STAY ACTIVE AND PRODUCTIVE LONGER
- CAREGIVERS MUST BE SUPPORTED AS WELL
- How Governments and Employers Can Help
More than just longer lifespans, European populations are facing big changes.
Projections show that the proportion of the population over the age of 60 will expand to the point that there may be as few as two workers for each pensioner—compared to today, where there are on average four workers for each pensioner. At the same time, people will be living longer—but not necessarily healthier—lives. This has serious implications for healthcare systems and economies across Europe.
Additionally, birth rates in most European countries remain below the replacement rate of 2.1. That means fewer young workers to replace older workers—another reason to ensure people can remain healthy as long as possible, using prevention and early intervention to help keep people in the workforce.
European Commission on Ageing / UN World Population Ageing 1950-2050
Graph 1.3 page 59 of European Commission on Ageing
Spotlight on Prevention: When, Who and How?
Unhealthy lifestyles and lack of physical activity are key factors in the development of chronic diseases. Early prevention and diagnosis, better education, and above all collaboration among governments, patient organizations, and industry are crucial to prevent chronic diseases from arising.