Oldest Old Expert Workshop:
Harnessing Academic and Social Organizations Knowledge to assess research needs for and contributions by persons 85+/90+
Paris, 24-25 October 2017
European Union: the growth and activity of “oldest old” citizens is changing our world. A longevity revolution!
A group of experts met in Paris to discuss and better understand the real needs and problems of this group of people that compared with the past, is rapidly increasing, and seems to be more active and independent. In order to grow old without disabilities and with good quality of life, it is necessary to consider both biological and social dimensions of life-course.
The amount of oldest old (people aged 85 years and older) is growing in Europe and worldwide. This means that there are more active and independent very old people than ever before and their role in our societies is increasing. The oldest-old are a very heterogeneous group and their chronological age alone does not inform their level of health and independence. There are very old people whose physical conditions is similar to that of 40-year olds but also there are people in need of regular care and support.
These results emerged from a workshop titled “Oldest Old Expert Workshop: Harnessing Academic and Social Organizations Knowledge to assess research needs for and contributions by persons 85+/90+” recently held in Paris and organized by the European Joint Programming Initiative “More Years, Better Lives”, along with its Societal Advisory Board and Scientific Advisory Board. The workshop held in the headquarter of the French Institute of Demographic Studies (INED – Institut National d’études Démographiques) with contributions from international organizations and many international experts from Europe and Canada.
Workshop programme (Presentation links included)