Today marks the 6th European Patients’ Rights Day and this years theme is: “Active Ageing citizens at the center of EU health policy”. Active Citizens Network is organizing events on 15th and 16th of May in Brussels to bring attention to active ageing of European citizens.
Due to demographic transition the number of citizens above 65 is rapidly increasing. According to WHO Europe, median age of Europeans is already the highest in the world, and the proportion of people aged 65 and older is forecast to increase from 14% in 2010 to 25% in 2050. If you want to find out how the demographic transition developed during the last 50 years, watch this video.
With increasing age, people are at high risk of chronic diseases, mental illness and require more health care. However, they should not be seen as burden to the health care system and society due to their increasing needs and care. Empowering ageing citizens, ensuring access to health related information, implementing their rights and encouraging a healthy lifestyle has a vice versa effect for the whole population.
European institutions, patient organizations, healthcare representatives and national and/or regional health care departments should come together and discuss: How ageing patients can actively be involved, exchange of knowledge and best practices and how rights of ageing people can be secured.
Having access to health information, care and treatment is a right that should be secured at every stage of life.