Within the framework of the “Interreg Va Slovakia-Austria cross border cooperation program” of the EU, a competence center “Center of Active Ageing” (CAA) with the latest scientific therapies and training methods for the ageing population is to be established in St. Pölten and Bratislava. Furthermore in Bratislava a new building for the CAA activities is promoted. The CAA project, in line with the Austrian Health Targets (R-GZ), the National Health Program of Slovakia and WHO, aims to encourage policy makers to take physical activity seriously, motivate people and create opportunities to do it regularly [1-3].

Aims of the project

  • increase level of physical activity in 60-80 year old people due
    • a new activity & prevention program
    • education of seniors and gerontology professionals
  • construction of a  new building in Bratislava
  • accompanying applied research in small cohorts

Current Situation

Physical inactivity is a global pandemic that not only causes morbidity and mortality, but also represents a major economic burden worldwide. Our long-term goal must be to integrate physical activity into our daily lives [4].

Among other things, increased physical activity has an influence on chronic pain in the motor part, minimizes the risk of cardiovascular diseases, increases self-esteem and cognitive abilities, maintains mobility and independence and thus has a direct impact on the years of life spent in health and direct and indirect health expenditure.

The medium to long-term impact would be on the most common diseases, sick days and cost factors in Austria:

  • 2.6 million People who have a long-term illness or chronic health problem. e.g [5]:
    • 1.8 million people with chronic low back pain
    • 1.3 million people with neck pain
    • 1.5 million people with high blood pressure
  • 33.9 million prescribed medicine packs [6]
    • 18 million high blood pressure, …
    • 9.6 million analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs
    • 6.3 million elevated cholesterol
  • EUR 255.5 million direct and indirect health care costs due to physical inactivity [4]

Project partners


  1. Health Targets Austria [Internet]. Federal Ministry of Health and Women’s Affairs. 2017
  2. National Health Promotion Programme (Slovakia) – Update [Internet]. Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic; 2014
  3. Physical activity strategy for the WHO European Region 2016–2025 [Internet]. WHO; 2016.
  4. Ding D, Lawson KD, Kolbe-Alexander TL, Finkelstein EA, Katzmarzyk PT, van Mechelen W, u. a. The economic burden of physical inactivity: a global analysis of major non-communicable diseases. The Lancet [Internet]. 28. Juli 2016; Published online.
  5. Österreichische Gesundheitsbefragung 2014 [Internet]. Statistik Austria; 2015
  6. Daten und Fakten 2016: Arzneimittel und Gesundheitswesen in Österreich [Internet]. Pharmig; 2016