The current demographic trend turns people over 65 in the fastest growing population group. By 2060, the number of people over 65 in Europe will be twice todays and 1 in 8 people will be 80 or older.
Older people could have a more active social role at all levels and contribute to future generations with their life experience and wisdom. Thus the concept “being active” directly involves the three components of the welfare of the person: physical, cognitive and social, and these improvements in quality of life also impact on savings in health expenditure for the whole of society.
With three key objectives of enhancing the role of older people in society, the European Union launched in 2012, the European Year of Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity; and as one of the key points, the importance of promoting active and healthy aging and independent living is highlighted. Continue reading