AGE Platform Europe and ATHLOS are hosting a meeting on demographic scenarios and healthy ageing policies at the European Parliament. The event will consider patterns of healthy ageing trajectories, their determinants and how they can be used in public health interventions, providing an overview of the social determinants influencing health inequalities and of the policies that could more positively sustain healthy ageing. It also will gather researchers and policy makers around the most recent research findings in the field of healthy ageing and ensure they have all the right cards in hand to make the necessary change towards healthy ageing for all.
Sugar intake, smoking, alcohol consumption and inactivity are the most known causes affecting our health. By reducing these risk factors, most of our recent and less recent diseases (cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, mental diseases, among the most known ones) can be prevented. However, the most efficient tools to prevent and combat diseases are living in a healthy environment and being provided good education. Indeed, research shows that our environment and our education play a major role in the way we age and are essential components for healthy ageing as well.