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Welcome to European Interdisciplinary Council on Ageing (EICA) website

Dear EICA members and visitors to the website,

This website is designed to provide information about our mission and mandate to all stakeholders, from professional societies in healthcare to patients associations and general population, from decision-makers, economists, lawyers, sociologists to representatives of insurance companies and pharma and high technology industries. It is an open platform that will try to create initiatives, present actions and spread information related to the research, education and care of older persons in Europe.

The population of Europe is estimated to be about 508 million, and older persons (aged 65 or over) represented about 19% (an increase of 2.3% compared with 10 years earlier). In particular, three countries have the highest shares of persons aged 65 and older in the total population: Italy (21.7%), Germany (21.0%) and Greece (20.9%) The old-age dependency ratio is about 29%; as such, there are less than four persons of working age for every person aged 65 and over. The share of the population aged 65 years and over is increasing in every EU Member State, EFTA country and candidate country, and the health and wellbeing of older citizens is a priority in all of them.

I invite you to explore our website and to learn more about how we are collaborating with the most important scientific societies, to offer education activities and training on a wide range of topics important to older people and their families. Scientists will find detailed information on areas of research interest and ongoing opportunities.

The Executive Board is always eager to hear from visitors interested in the activities of EICA. Please feel free to contact any of us with your queries and interests in ways to promote the health and wellbeing of older citizens of Europe. We thank you for your interest in aging research.

 

Gaetano Crepaldi, M.D.
President, EICA