Resources

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.

Resources

Active Ageing Index releases its 2014 analytical report

Using the right tool to adequately monitor the impact of a wide range of policies is necessary to manage population ageing. This is the purpose of the Active Ageing Index (AAI) - released by AGE Platform -  which measures the extent to which older people can realise their full potential in terms of employment, participation in social and cultural life and independent living, as well as the extent to which the environment they live in enables seniors to lead an active life. 

To access the report, click here

 

Rapid Review of Literature Concerning the Health and Well-being Impacts of Volunteering for Older People

Volunteering in later life can improve physical and mental health, provide an opportunity for personal development, and to build and pass on skills and knowledge (Warburton 2006). The Scottish Government estimates that 30 per cent of people aged 50-59, 26 per cent of those aged 60-74 and 15 per cent of those over 75 give up their time to some kind of voluntary work. The aim of this brief rapid review is to concisely identify the most salient health and well-being impacts of volunteering for older people.

The Lancet - Preventing cognitive decline in at-risk elderly: a randomised-controlled trial

Finish researchers conducted a two-year study on prevention of cognitive impairment. For the intervention group the study intervened with a multidomain approach, including diet, exercise, cognitive training, and vascular risk monitoring, while the control group received general health advice. The change of cognition was measured and analysed for more than 1200 participants and findings suggest that this kind of intervention could improve or maintain cognitive functioning in at-risk elderly people.

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European Commission 2015 Ageing Report: Underlying Assumptions and Projection Methodologies Report
European Commission 2015 Ageing Report: Underlying Assumptions and Projection Methodologies Report

The European Commission has released this new report providing a description of underlying macroeconomic assumptions and methodologies of the age-related expenditure projections for all Member States; covering pensions, health care, long-term care, education and unemployment benefits.

To access the EC 2015 Ageing Report, click here.

European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) - Report: Increasing the value of age in employment
European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) - Report: Increasing the value of age in employment

A new Cedefop report draws attention to the mutual benefits to workers and organisations that arise when guidance is integrated in age management strategies. The report offers insights on how to develop guidance activities at the workplace.

Cedefop's report aims to inspire actions and help Member States develop institutional frameworks and incentives to help enterprises devise age management and guidance strategies.

Click here for more information or below for access to the full report.

Active and Healthy Ageing - A European Innovation Partnership
Active and Healthy Ageing - A European Innovation Partnership

This leaflet offers the most important information about the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA)

TechnolAGE Final Study Report

The report summarizes the overall findings of the 'Study on business and financing models related to ICT and Ageing well'. It brings together the analysis carried out in the case analysis phase (which described in detail the twenty case studies of viable business or financing models) and the replication and scaling up analytical stage (which consisted in the analysis of the replicability and scalability of 5 of the 20 cases).

Findings from the draft version of this report were shared with stakeholders and the European Commission at the TechnolAGE Final Conference, which took place in Brussels on 14 February 2013. This report therefore incorporates contributions and feedback from stakeholders who attended the event.

OECD - A Good Life in Old Age? Monitoring and improving quality in long-term care

With the ageing populations and growing costs, ensuring and improving the quality of longtermcare (LTC) services has become an important policy priority across OECD countries.The share of those aged 80 years and over is expected to increase from 4% in 2010 to nearly10% in 2050, while in 2010 OECD countries allocated 1.6% of GDP to public spending onLTC, on average. The goal of good quality care is to maintain or, when feasible, to improvethe functional and health outcomes of frail elderly, the chronically ill and the physicallydisabled, whether they receive care in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, communitybasedor home care settings. This report focuses on three aspects generally accepted ascritical to quality care: effectiveness and care safety, patient-centredness and responsiveness andcare co-ordination.

CARDI-Innovation in Policy: Insights for Ageing

The Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) has published a new policy paper on how innovative policy decisions can contribute to planning for an ageing population. Innovation in Policy: Insights for Ageing examines what makes an innovative policy and what are the challenges in implementing that policy. The paper also presents three international case studies of both successful and unsuccessful policy innovations.

Key findings from the report include:

  • Most innovations are incremental in nature, involving relatively minor changes to existing services or processes.
  • Innovation can be driven by a wide variety of things, including public need, new research, legal necessity, lobbying, new technologies or social innovation.
  • The success of an innovative policy depends on many key factors and considerations including public interest, effectiveness, efficiency, fairness and equity.
  • Policy innovation can provide a solution to the challenges arising out of the globally ageing population and contribute to policy preparations for demographic change.
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.

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