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It is a well-known fact that the population of economically developed nations are ageing in an ever speeding manner. This is not only caused by extended life expectancy but by the continuous decline of birth rate. The “revolution of long life”, as called by UN documentations, has already started in the XX. century, and expectedly will bring radical demographic changes for humankind, but first of all to the future of the European nations.

At the same time the characteristics of society, economy and culture and the way these work remain the same and follow the patterns of the past 50 years. With the decreasing proportion of the economically active population the role of the elderly need to change too, if we want to conserve the accomplishments of our society. We have to utilise the knowledge and experience of senior citizens in the world of work, in the life of local populations. This is only achievable if we deal with this question according to its importance and prepare ourselves for handling the difficulties of the future.

Ageing population is a circumstance which forces all age groups to adapt. In the quest of finding possible solutions the best result could emerge from the concept of life-path convergence, which takes the age-related and gender specific factors like activity after retirement or taking part in health programs into account.

Liaison among generations is key question. All generations need to be calculated with in the policy on the elderly to be put through. One of the most important aims is to alleviate the tension among generations.

In 2002 the European Committee issued a bulletin to the Council and the European Parliament titled ‘Europe's response to world ageing - Promoting economic and social progress in an ageing world’… This bulletin, among others, states that ‘Ageing policies should therefore adopt a broad life-course and society-wide approach, taking into account the UN global initiatives and guiding principles.’

Proposes the sharing of experiences about the collaboration in the question of ageing at level of the European Union, and underpins the necessity of political convergence that covers the economic, employment and social dimensions of ageing population.

Published: 6766 times Last updated: 9:58am on Tuesday 11th February 2014
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