Active ageing means helping people stay in charge of their own lives for as long as possible as they age and, where possible, to contribute to the economy and society.
- The proportion of older people in our societies is increasing fast, due to low birth rates, ageing "baby-boomers" and rising life expectancy.
- Between 2010 and 2060, the number of people over 65 will grow from 17.4% to 29.5% of the total population. The number of people over 80 will nearly triple to 12%.
- During the same time, the working age population in the EU is expected to decline by 14.2%. Pensions, health care and long-term care systems risk becoming unsustainable, with a shrinking labour force no longer able to provide for the needs of the growing number of older people.