The European Commission has awarded €1 million to fund a campaign promoting health ageing 'Sharing Age' coordinated by Dr Sabina Brennan of the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. 'Sharing Age' is a multi-platform communications campaign dedicated to raising awareness of the innovative solutions that have emerged from European health-related scientific research in response to the challenge of cognitive ageing and dementia. The campaign will use film, social-media and smartphone apps in a number of languages to inform and engage the general public and encourage them to play a more active role in their health as they get older.
"Cognitive ageing is a global challenge that has real relevance for everyone. European citizens deserve to be aware of and benefit from the research that is being conducted on their behalf," said Dr Brennan of NEIL (NeuroEnhancement for Independent Lives) and Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience (TCIN).
" The average lifespan is increasing but failing cognitive abilities often impair the quality of those extra years. This decline is a profound threat to active and healthy ageing. The EU has been funding superb health research in this area, but the general public, who stand to benefit most, are frequently unaware of this. We want to share important and relevant scientific information about ageing in an interactive way that will encourage individuals to log on, click and share," explained Dr Brennan.
Over the next two years, the consortium led by principal investigator, Dr Brennan, will deliver the comprehensive communications campaign. The consortium includes Red Dog, the award-winning Irish communications agency, 360Production, an award-winning factual-film maker maker, Big Motive a digital design and communications company which specialise in interactive design for social web and multiplatform production and AGE Platform Europe, a European network of 160 organisations of people aged over 50 years representing about 28 million people across the European Union.