Active Ageing Index: Its relevance for policy and civil society

Vitalija Gaucaite Wittich
UN Economic Commission for Europe, Geneva

The UNECE, in cooperation with the European Commission’s Directorate General on Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion and the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, has recently published an Active Ageing Index (AAI) for 27 EU countries. The Index aims to provide the policy makers with a tool that will indicate various domains for policy interventions in promoting active and healthy ageing. The AAI is intended for measuring and monitoring active and healthy ageing not just in outcomes but also pointing to untapped potential of older people. The AAI makes use of a dashboard of indicators on the extent to which older people have and can realise their potential with respect to employment and various unpaid family, social and cultural contributions as well as be healthy, independent and autonomous in their living. (for more details, please check http://www1.unece.org/stat/platform/display/AAI/Active+Ageing+Index+Home.

The work on AAI is set to continue by extending the country coverage and establishing AAI levels for previous years in order to evaluate trends and potentially also connect to the process of monitoring progress in the implementation of Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing. The talk will focus on some methodological aspects of AAI and its potential use by policy makers and other stakeholders.



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