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.


European Policy Centre - Active and Healthy Ageing: Can the EU Deliver?

Policy Briefing produced by the European Policy Centre.

Healthy Ageing - A Challenge for Europe (Long Version)

Approximately one third of Europe's population will be aged 60 and over by 2025, with a particularly significant increase in the number of people aged 80 and over. This will have an enormous impact on European societies.

This was why in 2003 the Swedish National Institute of Public Health, with the support of the European Commission and 12 partners including the World Health Organization, European Older People's Platform (AGE), EuroHealthNet and concerned stakeholders initiated the 'Healthy Ageing ' project under the European Union Public Health Programme.

The aims of this publication are to:

  • review and analyse existing data on health and ageing;
  • make recommendations for policy at EU and member state levels;
  • disseminate the findings and facilitate implementation.
World Health Organization - Global Age-friendly Cities: A Guide

Population ageing and urbanisation are two global trends that together comprise major forces shaping the 21st century. At the same time as cities are growing, their share of residents aged 60 years and more is increasing. Older people are a resource for their families, communities and economies in supportive and enabling living environments.

An age-friendly city encourages active ageing by optimising opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age.

Informed by WHO's approach to active ageing, the purpose of this publication aims to help cities to become more age-friendly, so as to tap the potential that older people represent for humanity.

Age Platform - How to Promote Ageing Well in Europe: Instruments and Tools Available to Local and Regional Actors

In most member states, it is the role of regional and local authorities to create services adapted to the needs of their older population, such as offering accessible public transport, housing and infrastructure; facilitating access to employment and volunteering for older people; ensuring quality health and long term care services, fighting against discrimination, and promoting active citizenship and cross-generational initiatives.

However the financial crisis, recession and austerity makes it harder for many regions and local authorities confronted with a rapid population decline to provide the services required by their ageing populations, in particular the health and long-term care needs of older people.

This brochure, produced jointly by AGE Platform and the Committee of the Regions, aims to provide useful information on the instruments developed by the European Union that can be used by local actors to promote active ageing and greater solidarity between generations.

Age Platform - Healthy Ageing: Good practice examples, recommendations, policy actions

Publication produced by AGE Platform, providing lots of good practices in the field of healthy ageing.