Sweden, Finland and Denmark, followed by the Netherlands, Ireland and the United Kingdom, come at the top of the Active Ageing Index 2012, presented at the closing conference of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. The index also shows that a majority of the Central and Eastern European countries as well as Malta and Greece have lots of space for improvement when it comes to their active ageing policies.
Developed by the European Centre Vienna, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Committee for Europe (UNECE) and the European Commission’s DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, the Active Ageing Index (AAI) is a newly developed tool that offers national and European policy makers a way to measure the untapped potential of the older population.
The index measures the performance of the countries in four domains that together determine active ageing potential, i.e.
- employment of older workers
- social activity and participation of older people
- independent and autonomous living of older persons
- an environment that enables active ageing.
The AAI has been designed as a comparative tool that may track progress over time and which will help shape future research and policy agendas.
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