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.


ISOFocus - Your gateway to International Standards: Active Ageing

If you think “aged”, “senior” and “elderly” are negative buzzwords, think again! Businesses, large and small, have begun to use the ageing market as a lens through which to view their strategic plans, according to the World Economic Forum report How 21st-Century Longevity Can Create Markets and Drive Economic Growth. Contrary to common negative perceptions, older adults are creating a new niche market and fuelling growth and innovation.

This issue examines how individuals, businesses and societies will navigate the previously uncharted waters of rapidly ageing societies. Among the experts interviewed are faculty, companies, small business leaders and standards professionals from around the world, in fields ranging from robots to community infrastructures to aesthetic surgery services. 

To access the report, click here.

Positive Ageing National Indicator report

Ireland's first Positive Ageing National Indicator report presents findings on what matters for older people in terms of participation, health and security. 56 National Positive Ageing indicators offer a benchmark which will allow to measure progress and challenges that lie ahead, including on combating ageism and increasing access to information.

The report is one of the results of Ireland's National Positive Ageing Strategy which highlights that ageing is not just a health issue, and that we need a collaborative response to address a range of social, economic and environmental factors that affect the health and wellbeing of our ageing citizens. For more information, click here

WHO International Day of Older Persons

The International Day of Older Persons, celebrated on 1 October, highlighted the important contributions that older people make to society and raised awareness of the issues and challenges of ageing in today's world. The theme for 2016, Take a Stand Against Ageism, urged everyone to consider ageism and the detrimental impact it has on older people.

More information here


Lifepath is a project funded by the European Commission, aimed to investigate the biological consequences of socio-economic inequalities and their impact on healthy ageing.

The Silver Economy

This is a project supporting the development of a European Silver Economy Strategy. 

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) - Analysis report of workplace good practices and support needs of enterprises

This report investigates workplace practices implemented by 36 companies — of varying sizes and across different sectors — to address the challenges of an ageing workforce. It looks at how to either keep older employees in work for longer or improve the health and wellbeing of all employees, regardless of age. The motivations and drivers behind the policies and practices are discussed, as are the success factors of implementation and the challenges associated with it. The case studies also highlight that small and micro companies are facing particular difficulties in implementing such practices. The report gives suggestions of the type of support that would help companies and makes recommendations for future action.

To access the report, click here.

PAHO/WHO - Healthy Ageing: Raising Awareness of Inequalities, Determinants, and What Could Be Done to Improve Health Equity

Ritu Sadana, Erik Blas, Suman Budhwani, Theadora Koller, Guillermo Paraje; Gerontologist, 2016, Vol. 56, No. S2, S178–S193; Published online: January 2016.

Based on data from 194 countries, the authors highlight differences in older adults’ health, considering multilevel factors, policies and new research areas. To obtain this report click here.

Irohla -Publication of policy briefs for governments and organisations

IROHLA is a project that focused on improving health literacy for older people in Europe. It took stock of on-going health literacy programmes and projects and identified and validated a set of 20 interventions, which together constitute a comprehensive approach for addressing the health literacy needs of the ageing population in Europe. These interventions are part of an evidence-based guideline for policy and practice for local, regional and national government authorities to start action.

Some policy briefs have been produced and are available here

  • IROHLA policy brief for governments : The policy brief for governments is for national level policy makers, explaining how healthcare would benefit from inclusion of health literacy in health programmes - Here
  • IROHLA policy brief for organisations: The policy brief for organisations is for practitioners and brings together evidence from health literacy research to inspire people to take action - Here
  • Brochure on the activities and experiences of partners involved in IROHLA: “Making healthy ageing a reality: A comprehensive approach to health literacy” brings together key interviews with and articles produced by partners involved in the IROHLA project - Here


WHO - World report on ageing and health (2015)

Comprehensive public health action on population ageing is urgently needed. This will require fundamental shifts, not just in the things we do, but in how we think about ageing itself. The World report on ageing and health outlines a framework for action to foster Healthy Ageing built around the new concept of functional ability. Making these investments will have valuable social and economic returns, both in terms of health and wellbeing of older people and in enabling their on-going participation in society.

AFE-INNOVNET launched the Covenant on Demographic Change

The Covenant on Demographic Change is the new EU-wide association gathering all local, regional and national authorities, civil society organisations, universities, and businesses, that commit to cooperate and implement evidence-based solutions to support active and healthy ageing as a comprehensive answer to Europe’s demographic challenge. The Covenant builds on the outcomes of the Thematic Network AFE-INNOVNET.

What does the Covenant aim to achieve?

To engage local and regional authorities in developing environments for active and healthy ageing that:

  • empower people to live healthily, actively and independently for longer,
  • enhance quality of life and well-being in later age,
  • conceive public space, transport, housing and local services with the needs of all generations in mind,
  • lower the pressure put on family carers and on public health and long-term care budgets.

The Covenant has been established as an international non-profit association under Belgian law. It is open to all interested parties that voluntarily commit to making age-friendly environments a reality in their communities and to share their experience with other Covenant members.

The Covenant connects and aligns with existing initiatives such as the World Health Organisation Global Network on Age-Friendly Cities and Communities (GNAFCC) and its affiliated programmes, the WHO-European Healthy Cities Network, the Dublin Declaration on age-friendly cities and communities in Europe and the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA).

For further information on the Covenant, click here

To read the brochure on age-friendly environments in English, click here

The brochure is now also available in French, Italian, Polish and Spanish