FACTSHEET Active ageing, September 2018

Active, empowered and young at heart


Publikationsdatum: September 2018

The rapid ageing of populations is a well-documented fact and a key policy issue in the twenty-first century. Europe has one of the oldest populations in the world. More often than not, ageing is treated as a source of concern by governments, which fear that revenues will be insufficient to meet the needs of an ageing population. This perception is changing: Older people are a resource for their families, and are willing and eager to contribute to the development of their communities. A study conducted in Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Bulgaria assessed the impact of the Swiss Red Cross participatory community work on older people and on their environment.