Ageing of Individuals and Society

Increasing life expectancy and low birth rates significantly change the population structure. The demographic change is considered as one of the major challenges of the modern industrial society. The increasing shortage of junior staff and management staff, the increasing need for care and financing difficulties of social insurance systems are some of the consequences.Social key objective of an ageing society remains the assurance of welfare. This assumes a maintenance of the capacity for innovation, the availability of manpower and the adaptation of institution to demographic changes. Welfare also means enabling an autonomous and self-determined life in old age, healthy and with full participation in society.

The Department Ageing of Individuals and Society searches for new solutions – on the level of medical care and therapy forms, in the field of economic and social structures and related to technical assistance systems. Precondition for this is interdisciplinary research based on findings from medicine, humanities and engineering sciences.

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