Ageing society

Ageing is one of the greatest social and economic challenges of the 21st century for European societies. It will affect all EU countries and most policy areas, and provide special challenges to health systems. By 2025 more than 20% of Europeans will be 65 or over, with a particularly rapid increase in numbers of over-80s. Furthermore, according to Eurostat, by 2060 the number of people aged 65 and over in the EU will almost double from 17% to 30% and those aged 80 and over will rise from 5% to 12%.

Because older people have different healthcare requirements, health systems will need to adapt so they can provide adequate care and remain financially sustainable.

EAHP calls for:

1 Increased uptake of hospital pharmacist roles in medication reconciliation and review as a key part of the European response to increasing prevalence of polypharmacy
2 Additional training for all relevant healthcare professionals in respect of the particular care needs of older patients
3 Further embedding of inter-sector communication and multi-disciplinary working as critical approaches to meeting the health system challenges of an ageing society
4 Regulatory innovation to improve the participation of older patients in clinical trials
5 Improvement in best practice sharing and adoption across Europe to ensure the internal health system challenge of an ageing health workforce is successfully met.

Full EAHP Policy Statement here.

Last update: 10 August 2016