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> Theme: active and healthy ageing

> Timeline: May 2015 – Apr 2020

> Key Words: #oldage #longitudinalstudies #ageing


Researchers have a definition of “ageing population” and indicators for ageing, but no definition of “who is old”. ATHLOS is comparing 20 international studies on over 340 000 individuals to come up with a scientific reply to the question. This new definition of ‘old age’ will be based on many characteristics rather than just the classical chronological definition of age will be used for calculating projections in each specific population and guide policy recommendations.

Final objective(s)

  • ATHLOS aims to achieve a better understanding of ageing by identifying patterns of healthy and active ageing and their determinants. The project will ascertain risk and protective factors, their interactions, the life stages when they impact health the most, and how modifying these factors—through promotion, prevention and timely clinical and public health interventions—can improve the health of individuals and populations.
  • This deeper understanding of ageing will also result in a more realistic definition of ‘old age’ rather than the standard chronological approach applied so far.


The ATHLOS Consortium is coordinated by Dr Josep Maria Haro (PSSJD) and comprises 14 partners from 11 European countries:

AGE involvement

AGE will be working to highlight the implications that a definition of ‘old age’ will have on our societies and especially on our public policies, as well as on intergenerational policies.

Moreover, AGE will be responsible of translating the findings and disseminate to AGE members.

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