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, which you can filter, about healthy ageing.


Manifesto for an Age-Friendly European Union by 2020

AGE and the Stakeholders' Coalition for the European Year 2012 for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations is has issued its Manifesto for an Age-Friendly European Union. This Manifesto presents the Decalogue of the age-friendly society and includes a number of recommendations to the EU and stakeholders at national and local level to achieve an age-friendly European Union by 2020.

The manifesto is available in the following languages:

European Policy Centre - Healthy and active ageing: turning the 'silver' economy into gold

Demographic change poses enormous societal and economic challenges for Europe. As a consequence the proportion of working-age people is expected to decline dramatically and age-related expenditure on health care and pensions to increase substantially.

In this Policy Brief Annika Ahtonen stresses that closing our eyes will not make the demographic challenge disappear; nor will it transform overstretched public budgets into sustainable sources of funding for ageing societies. It is in Europe's interests to face up to the challenge and turn it into a narrative for growth, success and social cohesion.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation - A better life, old age, new thoughts

This website, launched by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation aims to get us to relfect on what 'growing older' means and how important you will be when you are 'old'.

Eurostat - 40% more women than men among the EU population aged 65 and over

How many more women than men are there among the total population and among the elderly? Is the share of women at risk of poverty or social exclusion higher than for men? How do employment rates for women and men differ by education level? Do women buy different goods and services over the internet than men?

Answers to these questions can be found in this News Release, published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, on the occasion of the International Women's Day on 8 March 2012. The tables in this News Release only show a small part of the large amount of gender based data available at Eurostat. A dedicated section on the topic of gender equality is available on the Eurostat web site.

Equinet - Tackling Ageism and Discrimination

This Equinet perspective focuses on the situation and experience of older people and on the diversity of older people. To enable and inform this perspective, an Equinet carried out a survey of the work of equality bodies.

The overall purpose is to mobilise and support the engagement of equality bodies in the work of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. The European Year presents a valuable opportunity for the equality bodies to develop their work on the age ground and to bring the issues of older people to the fore.

COFACE-Disability - Active Ageing for Family Carers

Family carers are non-professional persons who provide primary assistance with activities in daily life, either in part or in whole, towards a dependent person in their immediate circle. In most Member States, the lack of a network of close-to-home services often leaves family members with no other option but to provide informal care for close relatives who have a disability or serious illness and/or one or more care needs from growing old.

This care provision, which often impinges on their family, personal and working lives, can be very difficult for many family carers. The lack of appropriate support and recognition of social security/employment rights means that these family carers may accumulate physical and mental stress that will badly damage their quality of life and well-being as they themselves get older.

This factsheet, provided from the confederation of family organisations in the European Union (COFACE) outlines the age and gender aspects of family carers, and presents recommendations for Member States and European Union institutions.

WHO Europe on Healthy Ageing

Information and Activities on Healty Ageing by the WHO Regional Office for Europe can be found on this website.

Mental Health Europe - Staying Active: The Impact of (un)employment on the mental health of an ageing Europe

Mental Health Europe's Policy Position on the impact of (un)employment on the mental health of an ageing Europe.

LifeCycle - Bringing Cycling to Life: LifeCycle Best Practice Handbook

Bringing Cycling to Life is a handbook containing carefully selected programmes that demonstrate proven techniques for increasing the role of cycling in the daily routines of families, school children, adults and seniors.