In this European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, we’re focusing on the huge changes that are being brought about by the fact that we’re living longer. With an ageing population throughout most of Europe, we can expect some problems, as we see increased strain being put on our welfare systems and public finances.
A solution to these problems is ‘active ageing’: enabling older people to stay at work safe and healthy until retiring age, to lead healthy lives and stay independent.
The aim of the European Year is to raise awareness of what older people can contribute, and to make it easier for people to age ‘actively’: playing a full role in society, which can include staying longer in the labour market.
As we work towards these goals, it’s useful to get an idea of what people’s attitudes are, regarding this increasing role for older people in the workplace. And a couple of recent studies help us do just that.