- By 2040, nearly one in four people in Belgium will be over 65 years.
- Structural Heart Diseases are a major cause of functional decline in the elderly population and as such, Belgian policies must tackle SHDs as part of ageing strategies.
- Investments in health innovations for this population are an economic necessity for Belgium to adapt to the new demographic challenges.
- Investing in technologies that can keep seniors out of hospital and having an active engagement in society will help to solve this issue.
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