Healthy and active ageing
The EU level has paid specific attention to healthy and active ageing soince 2011, notably by means of the European Commission’s 'European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing'.
'European Innovation Partnerships' bring together all stakeholders active in a certain area to work together to foster innovation. 'Active and healthy ageing' was selected as the theme for the first of such Partnerships. This Partnership aims to
- Improve the health and quality of life of older people, enabling them to live active and independent lives
- Contribute to the sustainability and efficiency of health and social care systems
- Foster competitiveness and business opportunities.
The Commission’s DG SANTE and DG CONNECT are jointly coordinating this initiative, which has the overall objective to increase Healthy Life Years (one of the EU’s indicators for socio-economic progress) by 2 years by 2020.
The Partnership addresses three main pillars of activity:
- Prevention, screening and early diagnosis: health literacy, patient empowerment, ethics and adherence, personal health management and functional decline
- Care and cure: guidelines for care, workforce issues, multi-morbidity, poly-pharmacy, frailty, collaborative care, multi-morbidity, capacity building and replicating successful integrated care systems
- Independent living: supporting people with cognitive impairments, enhancing deployment and take up of interoperable independent living solutions and supporting social inclusion of older people.
The Partnership has become active in many of the above areas and involve many different stakeholders.
Why is this relevant for ECHAMP?
Safe and affordable medicinal products can support people to live healthy and active lives as well as contribute to quality of life. Homeopathic and anthroposophic medicinal products may help to reduce the need for high-impact medical interventions and conventional prescription drugs as well as the long-term dependency on them at mostly low cost. In one study, disease severity and quality of life demonstrated marked and sustained improvements following homeopathic treatment in patients who had been chronically sick for a long time before study entry and treated conventionally before in most cases.