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Parliamentary questions
31 March 2017
E-002348-17
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Frédérique Ries (ALDE)

 Subject:  EU action to help Europeans age in good health
 Answer(s) 

According to Commission statistics, by 2025 more than 20% of Europeans will be aged 65 or older, with a clear increase in the proportion aged over 80. Efforts by the EU to help Europeans age in good health are therefore welcome.

And yet, in several Member States, overconsumption of medicine by senior citizens, especially those who live in nursing homes, has become a real health problem. For example, in Belgium, 30% of patients over 75 take at least five medicines on an ongoing basis, 43% take anti-depressants and 20% are hospitalised because of negative reactions to a medication.

1. What will the Commission do to guide public health towards the reasonable use of medicine, in particular by elderly people?

2. Can the objective set by the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing to increase the average healthy lifespan in the EU by two years by 2020, still be achieved?

Original language of question: FR 
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