Active ageing is on the up in the EU, despite the economic crisis and austerity measures, a new report suggests

The Active Ageing Index details the extent to which 28 European Union nations are enabling the potential of older people to contribute not just to their own wellbeing, but also to help sustain greater economic and social prosperity for society as a whole.

Professor Asghar Zaidi, who is the lead author of the report, said: “Active ageing means growing older in good health and as a full member of society, feeling more fulfilled in jobs and also in social engagements, more independent in our daily lives and more engaged as citizens. But this can’t happen without changes in our own lifestyles as well as help from governments and relevant agencies.”

The report provides detailed analysis of what progress has been made in active ageing from 2008 to 2012 across the EU member states.

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On average, there was an increase of nearly two points in the EU overall, while an increase of nearly three points or more is observed in nine countries.

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