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Functioning and Disability in Ageing Population in Europe: What Policy for which Interventions?

1. Ageing in Europe: Demographic Trends

With an ageing population, living longer and encountering more disabilities, there will be a need in Europe for valid and comparable longitudinal data on the health of both young and older adults in order to create a richer empirical basis for analysis and thus for policy planning and strategies development. The ageing of the populations of Europe is inevitable, given the trend toward healthier, more active and longer lives. In its Communication on the Demographic Future of Europe, the European Commission points to four salient demographic trends across Europe:
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