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April 30, 2014
What is the Active Ageing Index?

The Active Ageing Index (AAI) is a tool to measure the untapped potential of older people for active and healthy ageing across countries

It measures the level to which older people live independent lives, participate in paid employment and social activities as well as their capacity to actively age.

The index is constructed from 22 individual indicators that are grouped into four distinct domains. Each domain presents a different aspect of measuring the untapped potential of older people for active and healthy ageing. The results of the AAI are presented in a country ranking by the overall AAI and the domain-specific indices. The ranking of countries might change depending on what are the results for the overall AAI or the domain-specific indices. The AAI also offers breakdown of results by gender.

The index is strongly related to the goals of the EIP AHA. Ageing societies represent not only a challenge but also a possibility for growth and innovation. To grant Europeans two more healthy and active years of life we have to assess the potential that elderly people represent. For instance, the Active Ageing index ranks EU countries according to elements such as physical exercise, access to healthcare, independent living solutions and lifelong learning which also the EIP AHA considers as key component to empower elderly people to live independently and healthy.

 

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