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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has produced a new report to review the contribution of diet and nutrition in increasing healthy life years and promoting active healthy ageing. The report aims to support the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP-AHA) and gives a description of the key determinants of AHA including economic, social and behavioural contributions and how they can relate to diet. In addition, it focusses on the issue of under-nutrition both a cause and consequence of functional decline.

Europe is facing an ageing population. Life expectancy is at its highest and many European populations are going through major demographic changes and transition towards a much older population structure. However, despite living longer many people suffer ill-health or disability in the last 15 to 20 years of life. Spending more years in ill health and disability not only affects the quality of life of individuals and their families, but also puts pressure on public health and care services, consequentially leading to substantial social and economic impact on the society.

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