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Extending Professional Active Life (ePAL)
Start date: 01 Feb 2008, End date: 30 Apr 2010 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Project ePAL aims to explore innovative ways to best facilitate the development of the active ageing process and to ensure an improved transition for the elderly citizen as they cope with the onset of age. In order to find appropriate ways towards this goal, a strategic RTD roadmap is proposed focused on innovative solutions and ensuring a balanced post-retirement life-style.The ePAL vision – addressing new levels of quality of life – is that of an effective transformation of the current situation regarding retirement and the barriers to active ageing in Europe by introducing new approaches and ways to create actively contributing professional communities in society, which provides the elderly citizen with a supporting framework for leverageing their talents and expertise and creates value for the benefit of the Europe's economy. Moreover, such a framework would also support a balanced transition towards retirement. The ePAL vision will do much to place Europe as the leader in promoting active ageing worldwide.ePAL aims at identifying and characterizing the key research challenges, required constituency, and the implementation model for a comprehensive approach to support in innovative ways the increasing numbers of professional retirees in Europe. ePAL proposes a feasibility study and development of the roadmap covering a comprehensive approach for discovering new ways to promote a balanced active life for retired professionals and a sustainable new notion of silver economy with a wide societal impact.
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