Lots of resources about different elements of healthy ageing are available on the internet and in print.

Below you can find a selection of key resources about healthy ageing. You can use the menu on the left to filter resources on document type.


Eurochild - Grandparents as carers

In 2012 Eurochild conducted an on-line survey on the contribution of grandparents to families across Europe. The study gives an overview of family policies with relevance to grandparents across EU countries and identifies key policies that recognise grandparent care and support, and which strengthen the extended families from children's perspective. The report also profiles what Eurochild's members and partners are doing in relation to support grandparents, and gather some useful evidence on the services offered to them.

The report is available here.

The Lancet - Exercise for depression in elderly residents of care homes: a cluster-randomised controlled trial

Depression is common and is associated with poor outcomes among elderly care-home residents. Exercise is a promising low-risk intervention for depression in this population. Duirng this study the hypothesis that a moderate intensity exercise programme would reduce the burden of depressive symptoms in residents of care homes was tested.

The findings indicated that the moderately intense exercise programme tested did not reduce depressive symptoms in residents of care homes. Therefore, in this frail population, alternative strategies to manage psychological symptoms are required.

The publication is available, here.

Europeans of retirement age: chronic diseases and economic activity

DG SANCO published the 2012 report about the impact of chronic disease on the population of pre -(50+) and post -retirement age in the EU. This report was prepared by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and addresses the following topics:

  • The burden of chronic disease in the older population pre- and post-retirement ;
  • The impact of chronic disease on the exit from the labour market (including unemployment, disability and early retirement) ;
  • The impact of leaving the labour market on the burden of chronic disease;
  • Interventions to increase the social participation (including work participation) of people with a chronic disease.
DG CONNECT - eCare Benchmarking. Coping with an ageing population – Learning from good eHealth and telecare practices

This final report is part of the study on 'Coping with an ageing population - Learning from good eHealth and telecare practices' - the eCare Benchmarking study, commissioned by the European Commission, Directorate General Information Society and Media, Brussels. The eCare Benchmarking study has to be seen within the global trend towards population ageing. This unprecedented development has a number of socio-economic side effects which are beginning to exert an influence on the way long-term care is currently provided to older people in Europe and beyond.

The Lancet - Ageing in the European Union

At a time of austerity, concerns about the consequences of further population ageing for the economy and for health and welfare systems are now firmly on political agendas. Although societies need to respond to demographic realities, often concerns about the eff ect of ageing can be exaggerated, adding to the agendas of some governments to cut back welfare states.

In this Series paper, the susbstantiality of the implications of population ageing for health, long-term care, and welfare systems in the European Union (EU) as often stated is explored together with how European societies can prepare to cope with ageing populations.

House of Lords Committee report - Ready for Ageing?

The report from the House of Lords Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change warns that the Government and our society are woefully underprepared for ageing. The "Ready for Ageing?" report covers a broad range of policy areas, providing a comprehensive analysis of the potential impact of an ageing population on public services.

It concludes that the current British model of health and social care provision has failed to provide older people with adequate care and this situation will worsen in the future due to the upcoming increase of seniors with chronic health conditions. The report also explains how radical changes to health and social care are needed and the Committee calls on the Government to set out a vision and framework so health and social care services progressively change to become much better fitted to meet the needs of an ageing society.

World Café Europe report - European Voices for Active Ageing

The 50+ generation is willing to be actively involved in discussions about fostering active ageing and in the deliberation of policy decisions which affect their lives. This is the message expressed by many of the senior citizens, about 700, who took part in the European Voices for Active Ageing (EVAA) project conducted by World Café Europe in the framework of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012.

Through the use of the World Café process, this pan-European project has explored strategies to reduce barriers to engagement, tap into wisdom and foster leadership in adults.The participants in these dialogues have been empowered to explore the potential of their collective wisdom in order to effectively address a multitude of issues facing an increasingly ageing Europe today.

The results of the six Thematic Cafés organised by the non-profit organisation across six EU countries (Bilbao, Bonn, Prague, London, Bologna and Strasbourg) have now been presented in a 40-page report which gives detailed information on the standpoint of generations of older adults aged 50 to 95.

EPC - Creating Second Career Labour Markets - Towards more Employment Opportunities for Older Workers

There must be reforms at every level to achieve the multitude of benefits gained from active ageing in the workplace. This is the key element debated in the final report of the European Policy Centre (EPC)-Bertelsmann Stiftung project entitled 'Creating Second Career Labour Markets - Towards more Employment Opportunities for Older Workers.'

Carried out in the framework of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012, the research project aims to stimulate debate on active ageing at work by identifying, analysing and comparing good practices among actors responsible at EU member-state level for creating job opportunities for older workers, including governments, social partners and companies.

By giving a detailed analysis of the many barriers that already exist to employment for older citizens, the authors of the final report give policy recommendations to advice on a positive transition forward. Their main arguments are based around the concentrated efforts required by all relevant stakeholders and the dismissal of the popular notion that it is a positive policy to push older workers out of labour to free up jobs for a younger generation.

IFA - The High Cost of Low Vision: The Evidence on Ageing and the Loss of Sight

A report released by the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) calls for increased public education and awareness programmes, improved public policies and greater integration of preventive eye health interventions into public health systems.

The report emphasizes that measures to prevent vision loss are cost-effective and calls for urgent attention in key areas:

  • Integrating visual screening and other preventive eye-health interventions into public health practices for adults of all ages;
  • Creating education and awareness programs that include vision-loss prevention, detection, and treatment regimens;
  • Reimbursing both treatments and preventive eye health interventions to ensure positive impact on system-wide costs and support for future innovation;
  • Developing and utilizing tele-health mechanisms to provide greater access to screening and treatment regardless of geographical location;
  • Advocating for vision loss to become widely recognized as a preventable health condition; and
  • Conducting more research on the outcomes and efficacy of preventive eye health.
European Commission publishes the brochure 'Active and Healthy Ageing - For you & with you'

'Active and Healthy Ageing - For you & with you' is a new brochure published by the European Commission to highlight the challenges and opportunities of today and tomorrow related to demographic ageing in Europe.

Prepared by the Directorate-General Communication Networks, Content & Technology, within the Digital Agenda for Europe strategy, the brochure presents a selection of EU-funded IT solutions developed to improve the health and quality of live of seniors.

The publication also calls society to be active & proactive towards change and innovation and support healthy ageing smart innovation with ICT technology. 'We are already on the right track by being aware of the ageing challenge and by realizing that change is needed. Technology helps only when we commit to using it', it stresses.

"Long Lasting Memories", "Rosetta", "CommonWell", "CompanionAble", "Dreaming" and "Wiisel" are the solutions presented in the six-page document presented in January 2013.