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Author Topic: EFP European Policy Workshop on ‘Active and Healthy Ageing – a long term View’
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Post EFP European Policy Workshop on ‘Active and Healthy Ageing – a long term View’
on: April 5, 2011, 09:08

The first EFP European Policy Workshop on 31st January 2011 aimed to provide support to Europe's Innovation Union strategy by tackling the challenge of 'Active and Healthy Ageing' within the pilot European Innovation Partnership (pEIP).

Outcomes have been summarised in the workshop report which is available on the EFP website:

This forum offers you the opportunity to discuss the workshop outcomes and to add any related comments which we will consider taking them into consideration for the finalisation of the workshop report prior to its final delivery.

J.S. Leis
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Post Re: EFP European Policy Workshop on ‘Active and Healthy Ageing – a long term View’
on: May 16, 2011, 16:44

It is interesting to see that the topic of longevity is gaining increasing interest within different institutions. It has been mentioned at the recent FTA conference ( ), especially in the contect of projects by Santé Canada ( but also at a recent conference organized by AXA (

As the health aspect is becoming increasingly important in the context of ageing, our knowledge about the ageing process and possible ways to positively manipulate it are also growing. Research in e.g. neuroscience to tackle dementia as well as regenerative medicine are some contributing factors for potential further increases in longevity that gain wide support within policy, research funding and society.

But as our knowledge grows and our medical possibilities progress, how should our future decisions about end-of-life questions be made? Should we really strive for achieving the maximum possible healthy life span for humans? Or should we decide a legal limit for our maxiumum age? Can governments really tell us how old we are allowed to get and can they ban research on healthy ageing since this may also lead to healthy life-extension? Is there really a point in living longer if the gained years actually can not be lived in good health? And if humans will have the opportunity to live longer in good health, don't we need substantial societal changes then, e.g. in regard to our work-biography (70 years of work and 50, 80 or even more years of pension???). And who will be able to benefit from healthy ageing and as a consequence - healthy life extension?

In my view we need to take into account the scenario that some methods/technologies may be developed within the next 15 to 30 years that allow humans to live up to 120, 150 or even more years in good health. So some people will have the possibility to take advantage of this, others possibly not. Some will certainly want to benefit from this technology while others may strongly oppse it.

Here some related sources that I have aggregated over the past years:

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