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The ageing of Europe�s population will be a crucial challenge for the 21st century. Society will be facing three major changes: first, increasing numbers of active older people demanding new social structures and opportunities; second, increasing numbers of disabled older people requiring new interventions and improved health and social care with resulting economic consequences; and third, complex economic, technological, organisational and social challenges involved in the ageing of society.
If society wants to benefit from these changes, innovative social, organisational and technological responses are needed.
Under the Fifth Framework-Programme for Research and Technological Development in the Quality of Life Programme, Key Action 6 on the �Ageing population and their Disabilities� was established to respond to these challenges. Community wide cross-sectoral multidisciplinary research, combining and integrating efforts in the biological, biomedical, psychological, economic and social fields are supported to promote the global objective: healthy ageing.
In the period from 1998 to 2002 over 170 million Euro have been comitted to support research in ageing relevant areas, with a total of 121 research and co-ordination projects being supported. The number of projects and the budget allocated to the different research areas covered by Key Action 6 can be found in Figures 1 and 2.
The present booklet is a compendium of all research and co-ordination activities supported by Key Action 6 from 1998 to 2002. It summarises the main features of the projects and it provides the Research Community, industries and all interest groups with information on each funded project.

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Authors: JAUBERT C, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE);RESCH A, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Brussels, European Commission, DG Research, 2002. 300 pp, free of charge
Availability: Available from: Documentation Service of DG Research Fax: +32 2 295 8220 E-mail:
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