AGEACTION has the following objectives

• To set in motion a process that will enable researchers on scientific aspects of ageing to develop a stronger sense of common purpose and shared potential to deliver the knowledge base that will extend health, reduce dependency, and improve quality of life for Europe’s older people

• To set in motion a process that will identify the links between research on scientific aspects of ageing and the underpinning mechanisms of a very wide range of medical conditions (disability, frailty, disease) for which age is the single biggest risk factor.

• To set in motion a process that will identify links between research on scientific aspects of ageing and social factors such as nutrition, education, lifestyle, housing, transport and culture that will help to exploit synergies that can lead to extended health, reduced dependency, and improved quality of life for older people.

• To stimulate new interactions between research on scientific aspects of ageing and technological innovation, including information technology, nanotechnology and assistive technologies across a wide range that can lead to extended health, reduced dependency, and improved quality of life for older people.

• To stimulate closer engagement between research on scientific aspects of ageing and industry across a range of activity – including pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, diagnostics, nutrition, and lifestyle products – leading to creation of new business opportunities and particularly the formation of SMEs to exploit and develop Europe’s growing research capability in biological ageing research.

• To create closer interactions between research on scientific aspects of ageing and those involved in financial planning (actuaries, insurance companies, pension providers, etc) in order to take better account of new insights into factors that affect life expectancy, health expectancy, and projected financial needs (including health and social support) for older people.

• To provide for Europe’s older people (and younger people – the future old) opportunities for greater awareness and more accurate reporting of advances in scientific understanding of the ageing process that can lead to informed decision making and empowerment to maximise opportunities for healthy old age.

• To provide for Europe’s policy makers a clearer understanding of the nature of the ageing process and of the potential arising from the above activities.