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Healthy Aging

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Research into a long and healthy life

The population of the world is getting older. 

The number of 80 year olds is tripled by 2050.   

WHO has singled out aging as one of the biggest challenges globally.

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is an active partner in a European network that is searching for new initiatives in the fields of healthy lifestyle and active aging. 

Research into healthy aging is looking for ways to delay and reduce the numbers of people affected by age-related diseases such as cancer, diabetes and dementia.

The results of the research will improve the life quality of the individual citizen and have a positive effect on socio-economics. 

Aging with quality of life

Research into healthy aging can find new ways for us to have an active old age with great vitality and a high quality of life.  

The Center for Healthy Aging at the University of Copenhagen researches aging at the cellular, individual and community level. The main objective is to increase life quality among the nation’s senior citizens and curb age-related diseases.

"These days, a 65-year-old is much more able bodied than their grandparents were at that age. So they are able to get much more out of life than they realise, and more importantly, should be seen as a significant resource for society", says the Co-Director for the Center for Healthy Aging, Rudi Westendorp. 

Solutions must be found across disciplines and country borders

Despite everything, aging still has a negative effect on the body and it is quite normal in the later stages of life to develop chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular problems, respiratory diseases, diabetes, asthma, allergies and dementia.

Age-related diseases are caused by both genetic predisposition and lifestyle. Therefore, several disciplines are involved in the fight to solve the challenges that are inherent to aging. Specialists from the humanities and social sciences work together with health science researchers to identify new pointers for the Centre’s cross-disciplinary initiatives.

Age-related diseases are caused by both genetic predisposition and lifestyle. 

Therefore, several disciplines are involved in the fight to solve the challenges that are inherent to aging. Specialists from the humanities and social sciences work together with health science researchers to identify new pointers for the Centre’s cross-disciplinary initiatives.

This research is undertaken in close collaboration with health-care professionals, citizens, municipalities and organizations that focus on healthy aging.

"Our research comes into play out there where we are close to the real challenges, and where the results should be put in to practice. This offers us the opportunity to learn more about how we should organize our society and health service, so that it supports healthy aging", says the Center for Health Aging’s Director, Lene Juel Rasmussen. 

In addition, the Center for Healthy Aging also collaborates with the European Innovation Network EIT Health on  meeting the challenges experienced by the elderly and society in general. 

The Centre for Healthy Aging was set up with support from the Nordea Foundation.