Silver Santé Study
Welcome to the website of the Silver Santé Study. We are an EC-funded project investigating mental health and well-being in the ageing population.
The global population is ageing, with the number of people over 60 expected to more than double during the first half of this century – reaching two billion by 2050. As we live longer, ensuring good mental as well as physical health into later years is becoming ever more important. Identifying the determinants of a healthy old age will help safeguard quality of life and reduce the cost/care burden on health services of age-associated diseases.
The Silver Santé Study’s expert researchers in six European countries are conducting clinical trials with members of the public, patients and meditation experts to assess the impact of mental training techniques, such as learning a language or practising meditation, on mental health & well-being in later life. Lifestyle factors, such as sleep quality, diet and physical activity, are also being taken into account.
It is the longest ever study of both meditation and foreign language learning and is the first research to examine the emotional aspects of ageing and mental health.
To find out more about the study, explore our website and watch our 3-minute project video below.