A major new Evidence Review Report entitled Transforming the Future of Ageing has been published today by SAPEA and led by the Federation of European Academies of Medicine. The report is destined for the desks of the new European Commissioners expected to take office later in 2019. It reviews the best evidence on what public policies might help EU countries to achieve inclusive, fair and sustainable health and social care in the future.
The authors, leading scientists nominated by academies across Europe, conclude that the ageing process needs to be transformed – and that the best way to improve life outcomes in old age is to anticipate and tackle them in youth and middle age.
A total of six SAPEA Working Group members were nominated by Academia Europaea. Two of them belong to young national academies and one of them was put forward by COST (European Cooperation in Science & Technology).
The systematic literature search for this report was conducted by the Cardiff University Library Service and designed in collaboration with the working group members. A total of 39 searches were undertaken by Delyth Morris, Subject Librarian (Medicine) in the Health Library.
Professor Sierd Cloetingh, President of Academia Europaea and Chair of the SAPEA board, said:
“Ageing is a topic which affects all societies everywhere, and this report is a vital contribution to the European debate at a time when key policy decisions must be made.
“The world-class expertise that SAPEA has brought together, drawing on a wide range of disciplines, will enable the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors to come to a suitably well-informed opinion, based on the evidence and options our academies have provided.”
The SAPEA report informs the forthcoming Scientific Opinion from the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors, which will be delivered directly to European Commissioners to inform future policymaking.
Report from @SAPEAnews on Transforming the Future of Ageing just released, the culmination of a huge effort over many months. Delighted to have contributed to cognitive health areas, and represent @YoungAcademySco. Work taking report to policy for healthy ageing begins now! https://t.co/7yQiz9ON4X
— Alan J Gow (@AlanJohnGow) June 27, 2019
Very happy to have been able to contribute to this European wide evidence review on the Future of Healthy Ageing on behalf of @AlettaJacobsSPH. The insights from this report provide important insights for the future direction of policy and research in Public Health. https://t.co/ie7T0Lah3I
— Jochen Mierau (@JOMierau) June 27, 2019
Read more about our work in SAPEA here.