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26.01.16 - Active Ageing in Ireland

Active Ageing in Ireland

Across the EU, the number of older people is increasing – particularly fast, when it comes to people over 80 – and the number of young and working-age people is decreasing.

Active Ageing Index in Europe:

The Active Ageing Index is calculated for women and men and it includes three broad dimensions: employment, social participation and independent living. All of these indicators are summarised into a single score.

The Active Ageing Index gives a quick indication on where ageing is more likely to be a problem, and where active older people flourish.

From the last research, in 2014, it has been discovered that the highest scores of the Index has been reached by the North Europe (UK, Ireland, Netherlands and the Nordic Countries). This is because countries in North Europe tend to be  more prosperous than other countries in Europe and for this reason they can put in place better conditions for active ageing. Ireland is in sixth position overall.

Thanks to the AAI calculated across several years, now we are able to compare this index with that of past years. Therefore the comparison of the AAI 2010 and the AAI 2014 shows that almost all countries saw their score increase.

1': Sweden (44.9 AAI)
2': Denmark (40.3 AAI)
3': Netherlands (40.0 AAI)
4': UK (39.7AAI)
5': Finland (39.0 AAI)
6': Ireland (38.6 AAI)
7': France (35.8 AAI)
8': Luxembourg (35.7 AAI)
9': Germany (35.4 AAI)
10': Estonia (34.6 AAI)

The aim of the Active Ageing Index is to tackle the challenges of population ageing in a comprehensive and positive way.

For more information, please click: 'Measuring Active Ageing'.

Story and Photo Source: EU Commission Representation in Ireland