Policy Brief on Ageing: Active Ageing

Some ageing policies may be aimed at providing services within this status rather than at empowering older persons to live independently. Here, a change of paradigm is needed. In order to gain the ability to remain active, the individual needs to invest in this process throughout the life course. Appropriate societal structures, incentives and awareness-raising would enable persons to live an active life-style as long as possible. 

Challenging context

Suggested strategies 

Expected result 

Introduction, the concept of active ageing

Context of the ageing process 

Labour market and participation 
- Work-life balance throughout the life course 

- Flexible careers through education and training 

- Adapting working environment to the needs of all generations 

- Images of older employees and anti-discrimination policies 

- Flexible retirement 

Social inclusion 

- Volunteering as a measure to promote social inclusion 

- Active through the participation in social family networks 


- Preventive health measures – A healthy life style throughout the life course 

- Frailty and long-term care – Towards community care 


- Labour market and participation

- Social inclusion 

- Health 

- Streamlining ageing policies 



Date: 06/01/2012
Author: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Organization: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Reference: http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/pau/age/Policy_briefs/ECE-WG.1.17.pdf
Only for Members: No
Content type: Presentation
Tags: adults, generations, health, senior generation