POPJUS researchers contributed with their pioneering work on new measures of aging, healthy life expectancy, and a well-being indicator to measure the quality of life to the Fact Sheet Longevity, Health, Well-being recently published by Wittgenstein Centre.

Demographic developments in Europe today are characterized by aging populations.Fewer children are being born and at the same time people are living longer. However, this demographic change does not necessarily mean more problems. The consequences of this process depend strongly on people’s health status. According to the World Health Organization, health is central to the happiness and well-being of people and crucial for economic progress, since healthy populations live longer and are more productive. Improving the health of a population is therefore one of the most important and effective ways to cope with the challenges of aging societies.


Close up oftwo people's hands - one elderly and one younger

25 July 2022

Weak handgrip strength may signal serious health issues

Muscle strength is a powerful predictor of mortality that can quickly and inexpensively be assessed by measuring handgrip strength. In a new study, researchers developed cut-off points that apply to the general population, while also considering the correlation of handgrip strength with gender, body height, and aging to be used in medical practice.
Woman wearing face mask indoors at home for social distancing

05 July 2022

Fact Sheet Demographic Aspects of COVID-19

COVID-19 showed that the ability to cope, recover and adapt to the pandemic and its social and economic consequences varies across population subgroups as well as institutional and geographical contexts. Researchers from IIASA and Wittgenstein Centre published the Fact Sheet that sheds light on the impact of the pandemic on people’s health, family dynamics, economies and migration.