Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

Active ageing


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.

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