On the occasion of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, Population Europe, a network of Europe’s leading demographic research centres, has disseminated an exclusive interview with Christine Weiss from VDI/VDE-IT, a leading service provider in questions concerning the entire field of innovation and technology which is in charge of several national and European interdisciplinary projects related to ageing.
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Weiss, an experienced engineer and deputy head of the Demographic Change unit at VDI/VDE-IT, says in the interview that “as a consequence of the increase in the elderly population, our value system will have to be altered and we as a society will have to develop further. This offers a lot of opportunities and we should make a virtue of necessity.”
According to Weiss the increase of the working lifetime "is not only an economic issue, but also a social one. There are many individual needs and therefore the system has to be correspondingly flexible. When it is necessary to work longer, are there enough jobs available? A longer working lifetime is always associated with the question of feasibility. Foundations have to be laid to make it easier for the elderly at the workplace." “We have to think about new working time models”, says Weiss.
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