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About the "Mindful Ageing" Project

Background

Between 2015 and 2050, the proportion of the world’s population over 60 years will nearly double from 12% to 22%” (WHO, 2017). 
The advanced-age dependency ratio (people aged 65 and above relative to those aged 15 to 64) in the EU is projected to increase by 21.6 percentage points, from 29.6% in 2016 to 51.2% in 2070” (European Commission, 2018).

Aim

The Mindful Ageing project recognises the importance of healthy ageing and its aim is to promote a healthy lifestyle for individuals aged 50+. The overall goal is to help older people, from before retirement age as well as after, to develop a positive mindset towards ageing and take an active approach to well-being. This exciting project offers opportunities to explore the power of mindfulness and positive psychology techniques.

Approach

The project follows a preventative-medicine approach, by promoting the importance to take positive steps towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle and approach ageing mindfully.
References 
*World Health Organisation,Mental health of older adults, December 2017, Available at : https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/mental-health-of-older-adults 
**European Comission, Economic and Financial Affairs, 2018 Ageing Report: Policy challenges for ageing societies, May 2018, Available at: https://ec.europa.eu/info/news/economy-finance/policy-implications-ageing-examined-new-report-2018-may-25_en