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.


The National Evaluation of Partnerships for Older People Projects - Executive Summary

The Partnership for Older People Projects (POPP) were funded by the Department of Health to develop services for older people, aimed at promoting their health, well-being and independence and preventing or delaying their need for higher intensity or institutional care.

The evaluation found that a wide range of projects resulted in improved quality of life for participants and considerable savings, as well as better local working relationships.

ENWHP - Healthy Work in an Ageing Europe: Strategies and Instruments for Prolonging Working Life

This report, by the European Network for Workplace Health Promotion, consists of two parts. The first depicts the demographic context and the status of ageing workers, and the second portrays the measures that can be taken to help improve the status of this group of workers. It focuses on activities and tools available at company level for prolonging working life.

Quality Care for Quality Aging - European Indicators for Home Health Care

'Quality Care for Quality Aging' was a project financed by the Commission of the European Union under the Progress programme 2007-2013.

The project aimed to develop a tool (indicators) useful for the evaluation of quality in HC services across Europe, and promote the development of networks of actors working in this field across countries, through the implementation of exchanges and the diffusion of good practices of quality assessment and monitoring in Home Care.

Mental Health Europe - Position on Mental Health and Well-being of Older People

This Policy Position paper on mental health and well-being in an ageing population is published by Mental Health Europe. It describes the impact of the demographic change, especially to older people who aim to grow old in good physical and mental health but are affected by many risk factors for mental health problems, such as loss of social support from families and friends and cognitive and physical decline. The promotion of healthy and active ageing is one of the EU key policy objectives and needs to include the prevention of mental health issues among the ageing population. Mental Health Europe takes position in this paper and gives recommendations to be put into practice at the EU and national policy level and the community and individual level.

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Demographic Research - How do employers cope with an ageing workforce? Views from employers and employees

This article, from Demographic Research Vol. 22 (June 2010), examines how employers deal with the prospect of an ageing work force. Analysis is supplemented with a survey of Dutch employees to compare human resource policies to practices.

NHS Health Development Agency - Taking action: Improving the health and wellbeing of people in mid-life and beyond

This publication aims to support people in using the evidence from a pilot initiative to change practice and influence policy at subregional, regional and national levels.

Active Ageing of Migrant Elders across Europe (AAMEE) - Project Report

The elderly population in Europe will become in the long-term gradually diverse with respect to ethnities. With the support of the Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of the European Commission (DG EMPL), the Ministry of Intergenerational Affairs, Family, Women and Integration of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia implemented 'AAMEE'.

Building up on these experiences in North Rhine-Westphalia, AAMEE provides recommendations of action with the report of the end of the project in autumn 2009. These are recommendations for the concrete practice of new initiatives for and with migrant elders, for research work, for decision makers of the important spheres of life relevant for old age and for different political levels in Europe.

Mental Health Foundation - An Evidence Review of the Impact of Participatory Arts on Older People

There is a growing evidence base which verifies the positive impact participative arts can have on the health and wellbeing of older people, but to date there is no published review that synthesises evidence of the impact of participatory arts on older people.

The Baring Foundation was commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation to address this gap and provide evidence to funders about the benefits accrued through art activities and to support arts organisations to improve their work.

Mental Health Foundation - Brighter Futures

The Brighter Futures project was developed and informed by a 4 year programme of work which provided evidence on mental health in later life. This report, published by the Mental Health Foundation, gives an overview of the project, learning, and recommendations.

Mental Health and Well-being in Older People - Making it Happen: Factsheet

This factsheet of existing good practices was circulated as an accompanying document for the conference "Promotion of Mental Health and Well-being of Older People - Making it Happen' which was held in Madrid on 28th-29th June 2010.

The conference was co-organised by the European Commission's Directorate General for Health and Consumers and the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs of Spain. It was an event under the European Pact for Mental Health and Well-being, with the support of the Presidency of Spain of the European Union.