The commission's report is presented to the German Government. The government discusses the report and adds comments on the findings and recommendations of the report before it is published. These two parts, the academic report and governmental comment, constitute the "German Government Reports on Older People". Six reports have been published to date. The first report, published in 1993, gave a first general overview of the living conditions of older people in Germany. During the work on this report, German reunification took place. Therefore the focus was widened to compare eastern and western German situations. The second report deals with questions of urban planning, residence and architecture for the elderly. It was published in 1998. The third report, like the first, aimed at a general overview of the social situation of older people. One main concern was to document the developments that affected older people in the first ten years of the reunified Germany. It was published in 2001. The fourth report, published in 2002, investigated the situation of the very old, with a special focus on the challenges arising from the growing number of people that suffer from dementia. The fifth report with the title "The potentials of old age for the economy and society - the contribution of older people to generational cohesion" got published in 2006. The focal point of the report is on the potentials of older people, which are examined in the sectors employment, education, income situations, senior economy, the family and private networks, involvement and participation of older migrants. In the sixth report, published in 2010, central areas and structures in society are examined as to reveal the images of ageing that underpin them. The report explains why images of ageing, as a mainstream theme, are one of the key factors in a successful approach to demographic change and a long life society. The German Government Reports on Older People are available in German only. You can download the reports here: