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VINTAGE: Good health into older age

The objectives of the VINTAGE project is to build capacity at the European, country and local levels by providing the evidence base and collecting best practices to prevent the harmful use of alcohol amongst older people, including the transition from work to retirement, and to invest in older people's health and well-being.

VINTAGE Good health into older age

Coordinated by Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS), Rome, Italy, is a project funded by the European Commission under the Second Programme of Community Action in the Field of Health 2008-2013.

Alcohol use disorders are common in older people and, with an ageing European population, will increase in absolute numbers. Active sharing of best practices should upwardly harmonize policies and programmes to invest in older people's health and well-being. VINTAGE contributes to the objectives of the Commission's Communication on alcohol to share best practices across countries, to the 2008 call in the field of health to provide guidance on preventing the harm done by alcohol to older people, and to the objectives of the second programme of Community action in the field of health by investing in healthy life years of older people.

The VINTAGE methodology and expected results essentially consists in undertaking systematic reviews and in collecting examples of best practice on the harm done by alcohol to the health and well-being of older people, and on effective policies and programmes to reduce such harm, from all countries of Europe. Reports on guidance for action and a database and inventory of examples of good practice will be actively shared with all relevant networks and organizations of professionals involved in the health and well-being of older people at all levels.

VINTAGE results will help to reduce the major alcohol-related non-communicable diseases that affect older people (i.e. neuropsychiatric disorders, cancers, etc.), increasing healthy life years. This will help meet the challenges of the Lisbon process, improving the sustainability of public finances, which are under pressure from rising health care and social security costs, in addition to reducing health inequalities among different countries of the European Union.

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