Policy Brief: Living Longer, but in Better or Worse Health?

A policy brief from the WHO Economics of Healthy and Active Ageing Series explores health and disability of older people in Europe and how they relate to increases in life expectancy. [1] The brief considers the latest evidence on health and disability measures and considers policy options to support healthy and active ageing. SHARE, being described as “one of the most important comparative sources of information on these limitations in Europe” in the policy brief, is being used as a main source for information about the prevalence of functional limitations across countries and for comparisons between age cohorts. For instance, one of the findings from SHARE research is that older people of more recent cohorts had substantially better cognitive functioning than those in cohorts born earlier.


[1] https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/332075