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Ageing and Life Expectancy

Cosmo Strozza, Virginia Zarulli, and Viviana Egidi of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Population Dynamics (University of Southern Denmark) and University of Rome “La Sapienza” analysed the 90+ population in Denmark to study how demographics, socio-economic characteristics and one’s lifestyle affect changes in physical and cognitive health, whether there is a pattern to these changes and how physical or cognitive aspects affect transitions of the other dimensions. [...]
The findings of the Commission’s Demography Report show that there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Policymaking needs to zoom into the reality on the ground. The European Union, Member States and regions have a shared interest in responding to demographic change for the benefit of all Europeans. Demographic change will affect everybody and must be a factor that helps steer Europe’s recovery from the crisis and provide us with insights as we build a more resilient, sustainable and fair Union. [...]
by Jana Vobecká
Professor James Vaupel, Interdisciplinary Centre on Population Dynamics at the University of Southern Denmark, has received a research grant to study consequences of COVID-19 related mortality. The project will investigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on survival and mortality across different population groups and countries. [...]
The 22nd Nordic Demographic Symposium in Oslo has now been rescheduled for June 9-11, 2022. Please see the new event page, where we will continue to update as more information becomes available. [...]
by Andreas Backhaus, German Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB)
Andreas Backhaus of the German Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB) summarises six potential pitfalls that can arise in the interpretation of coronavirus data. These pitfalls have the potential to mislead the public debate and thereby the course of future policy actions. [...]
Demography matters. The economy, labour market, healthcare, pensions, regional development, and election results – all are driven by demography. EU Member States have their own strategies and policies in order to counteract demographic decline. The EU also has an auxiliary role when it comes to tackling demographic challenges. Nevertheless, the EU has limited legal powers when it comes to dealing with issues that are related to demography. [...]
Differences among regions in living arrangements over the life course
How do countries differ in decisions to live alone over the life course? Researchers at the Centre d'Estudis Demogràfics & Universidad Complutense looked at global patterns and trends of those living alone based on sex and age. They found cross-national differences by gender and country-specific trends, and concluded that living alone is related to levels of individualism. [...]
Comparing Turkish & Moroccan residents of the Netherlands with natives
In the Netherlands, loneliness is more prevalent among Turkish and Moroccan older adults than among older native adults. To investigate possible explanations for this difference, Tilburg & Fokkema used survey data to compare five dimensions of loneliness between native and migrant groups. [...]
The next AAL Forum will be 10-12 May 2021 in Trieste, Italy. The AAL Forum is the annual flagship event of the AAL Programme, which presents and shares knowledge in the field of active and healthy ageing and to be a major networking place for researchers, care professionals, companies active in the silver economy and policy experts. [...]
This technical brief highlights relevant initiatives underway in UNFPA offices worldwide to respond to the rights and needs of older persons in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. [...]

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