Social Inclusion and Participation

Participation in activities builds social connections and improves well-being

Social inclusion means enabling people to grasp opportunities to be active, breaking down barriers they face in their everyday lives, and encouraging them to participate in activities of their choosing. Increased social inclusion and participation leads to more enduring networks of family, friends and carers, and greater involvement in social life. All of which help to reduce loneliness, depression and other mental health issues and are associated with generally improved health.

A combination of factors can play a role in increasing the risk of poverty and social exclusion as people age. Since people aged over 65 are the fastest growing part of Europe's population, the specific threats they face should be addressed through structured and focussed anti-poverty strategies.