EU ageing research to coordinate?

Posted on 18 July 2011

Research into ageing is to be coordinated within the European Union, in order to help older people who may be looking into ways to pay for care.

The European Commission has called on the EU Member States to adhere to its recommendation entitled "More years, better lives - the potential and challenges of demographic change".

It was noted that by 2025, more than 30 per cent of Europeans will be 65 or over, with the number of those over 80 almost doubling within the same time frame.

Neelie Kroes, European Commission vice-president for the Digital Agenda, said: "It will develop new science-based knowledge on the effects of demographic changes. I look forward to further Member States joining so that we can look for new opportunities generated by an ageing society, and not be overwhelmed by its challenges."

In other news, there has been a sharp increase in fuel poverty among older people, according to figures released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Posted by Toby Mynott

 

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