Active ageing means helping people stay in charge of their own lives for as long as possible as they age and, where possible, to contribute to the economy and society (EC)
As in our societies, people tend to live longer and in good health –a very positive development indeed– it is quite logical that the EU highlights all the advantages of ‘active ageing’ (remaining active on the labour market is good for the pension schemes), not forgetting either that older citizens represent an attractive population for a series of markets (travel, culture, leisure, sports, education, life-long learning…), at least when considering those who have the financial means to purchase these services… This is where the EU shows the limits of its approach: there seems to be less interest for those older citizens who do not have the resources to invest in leisure activities etc, and are no longer on the labour market -sometimes have been out of it for many years.
How does the EU involve its older citizens who do not have the opportunity of travelling, buying season tickets for concerts or following courses for senior citizens? Are we not once again catering for the ‘have’s’ and neglecting the ‘have-not’s’? What is the EU doing to reduce the gap between them?