Rationale

Rapid developments in basic sciences have strongly increased our knowledge base on the biology of ageing and potential counter measures against the negative health effects. In addition, developments in biomedical engineering have expanded the potential of therapeutic interventions as well as supportive technology. Moreover, progress in the field of human movement science has increased our understanding of the nature of and mechanisms behind limitations in mobility.

However, translation of these developments into specific targeted interventions in health care and public health practice for improving mobility or preventing its deterioration with ageing is impeded by a lack of integrative expertise among scientists in the widely divergent domains of knowledge that are pertinent to the problems of mobility in ageing. Lack of knowledge related to the behavioural and social aspects may further impede implementation.