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Reassessing the role of older people in Europe

29/04/2009 Reassessing the role of older people in Europe

Eurofound launches special website for European Day on Solidarity and Cooperation between Generations.

Over the last 50 years there has been enormous economic and social progress in Europe and – although there are large regional and social differences – Europeans are living longer than ever before: on average eight to nine years more than in 1960. This coincides with other demographic developments: fewer children are being born, which will mean fewer people paying into state pension and healthcare systems, and a smaller pool of potential carers. The increased lifespan is great news – particularly if accompanied by more years in good health – but also poses many questions for individuals, their families and for social systems. How long do I need to work? When can I afford to retire? Does my employer value my skills? Do governments recognise my contribution in providing care and volunteering?

To mark the occasion of the ‘European Day on Solidarity and Cooperation between Generations’, on Wednesday 29 April 2009, Eurofound has launched a special website which brings together its recent findings, data and recommendations on issues related to the employment of older people, and active ageing issues, and the solidarity between generations.