Demographic change and Healthy Ageing: one of the grand societal challenges of Europe and an opportunity for Universities of Applied Sciences

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Author(s)Joost Degenaar
Demographic change and Healthy Ageing is one of the grand societal challenges of the European Union. 2012 is the European Year of Active Ageing and solidarity between generations. The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing is launched and will influence the European research programmes of Horizon 2020.
Healthy Ageing is also a hot topic in the north of the Netherlands, because of a combination of increase of older people and shrinking regions. In the Healthy Ageing Network Northern Netherlands, a triple helix organization, knowledge institutes like the University Medical Center Groningen, the research University Groningen and the four universities of Applied Sciences, cooperate with companies and with regional authorities. There is a real knowledge hub on ageing.
Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen had chosen Healthy Ageing as a strategic theme. Hanze UAS has a broad research portfolio on Active and Healthy Ageing with a range from care, social work, sports, entrepreneurship to medical technology and eHealth. The new focus is on prevention, participation and lifestyle with important themes Physical exercise, Food and contexts Labour and Living.
Healthy Ageing is a component in about 20 of our educational bachelor and master programmes and there are also minor and excellence programmes on Healthy Ageing.
UAS is partner in many regional, national and international research and innovation projects. Hanze UAS responds to the needs of the region and profiles itself with Healthy Ageing as a strong partner. The international perspective is very important.
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