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Active Aging Report

Active Aging Report

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Adjusting societies to population aging is a distinct challenge of our time. Active aging has been
developed as a strategy to leverage the potential of individuals to improve awareness of what every one of
us can do to keep fit and healthy for as long as possible. Physical activity, healthy eating, life-long learning
and staying integrated in the work life as a paid employee, as an entrepreneur or as a volunteer – all these
are elements of an active life style that should characterize the whole life-course. To allow individuals to
live and age actively, societies have a responsibility to invest in conducive frameworks. Such investments
can take place in the prevention and health care sectors, in education and labour markets. At the same
time, citizens should be able to rely on a supportive infrastructure in case of real need and frailty.
The present paper provides an important input to the discussion of these elements of an integrated
approach to active aging. It provides a source of inspiration for member States concerned with the
implementation of active aging policies. The paper is based on the key note speech by Prof. Dr. Clemens
Tesch-Römer of the German Centre of Gerontology in Berlin and is the result of his research and the
discussion it incurred among member States during the Fourth meeting of the UNECE Working Group on
Ageing in November 2011.
Adjusting societies to population aging is a distinct challenge of our time. Active aging has been
developed as a strategy to leverage the potential of individuals to improve awareness of what every one of
us can do to keep fit and healthy for as long as possible. Physical activity, healthy eating, life-long learning
and staying integrated in the work life as a paid employee, as an entrepreneur or as a volunteer – all these
are elements of an active life style that should characterize the whole life-course. To allow individuals to
live and age actively, societies have a responsibility to invest in conducive frameworks. Such investments
can take place in the prevention and health care sectors, in education and labour markets. At the same
time, citizens should be able to rely on a supportive infrastructure in case of real need and frailty.
The present paper provides an important input to the discussion of these elements of an integrated
approach to active aging. It provides a source of inspiration for member States concerned with the
implementation of active aging policies. The paper is based on the key note speech by Prof. Dr. Clemens
Tesch-Römer of the German Centre of Gerontology in Berlin and is the result of his research and the
discussion it incurred among member States during the Fourth meeting of the UNECE Working Group on
Ageing in November 2011.

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UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR EUROPE
Clemens Tesch-Roemer, German Centre of Gerontology
ECE/WG.1/16
UNITED NATIONSNew York and Geneva 2012
ACTIVE AGEINGAND QUALITY OF LIFE IN OLD AGE
 
The author would like to thank his colleagues at the German Centre of Gerontology (in alphabe
c order) RebeckaAndrick, Frank Berner, Heribert Engstler, Claudia Gaehlsdorf, Chris
ne Hagen, Stefanie Hartmann, AndreasMotel-Klingebiel, Doreen Mueller, Doerte Naumann, Laura Romeu Gordo, Judith Rossow, Benjamin Schuez, andSusanne Wurm for intellectual and social support in wri
ng this paper. Apprecia
on is expressed to WendyMarth for English edi
ng.
The designations employed and the presentation of the material in this publication do not imply theexpression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations concerning thelegal status of any country, territory, city or area, or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of itsfrontiers or boundaries.The views expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily relect the views of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe or the European Union.UNECE Information Unit Palais des NationsCH-1211 Geneva 10SwitzerlandPhone: +41 (0)22 917 44 44Fax: +41 (0)22 917 05 05E-mail: info.ece@unece.orgWebsite: http://www.unece.orgUNITED NATIONS PUBLICATION
Copyright © United Nations, 2010All rights reservedPrinted at United Nations, Geneva (Switzerland)
 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSNOTE
 
iii
Adjus
ng socie
es to popula
on ageing is a dis
nct challenge of our
me. Ac
ve ageing has beendeveloped as a strategy to leverage the poten
al of individuals to improve awareness of what every one of us can do to keep
t and healthy for as long as possible. Physical ac
vity, healthy ea
ng, life-long learningand staying integrated in the work life as a paid employee, as an entrepreneur or as a volunteer – all theseare elements of an ac
ve life style that should characterize the whole life-course. To allow individuals tolive and age ac
vely, socie
es have a responsibility to invest in conducive frameworks. Such investmentscan take place in the preven
on and health care sectors, in educa
on and labour markets. At the same
me, ci
zens should be able to rely on a suppor
ve infrastructure in case of real need and frailty.The present paper provides an important input to the discussion of these elements of an integratedapproach to ac
ve ageing. It provides a source of inspira
on for member States concerned with theimplementa
on of ac
ve ageing policies. The paper is based on the key note speech by Prof. Dr. ClemensTesch-Römer of the German Centre of Gerontology in Berlin and is the result of his research and thediscussion it incurred among member States during the Fourth mee
ng of the UNECE Working Group onAgeing in November 2011.The UNECE Working Group on Ageing was established as an intergovernmental body repor
ng to theUNECE Execu
ve Commi
ee in 2008. It facilitates and monitors implementa
on of the interna
onal policyframework on ageing as set out in the Madrid Interna
onal Plan of Ac
on on Ageing (MIPAA) and itsRegional Implementa
on Strategy (RIS), both adopted in 2002. The Working Group on Ageing has becomean important forum where member States can discuss strategies and good prac
ce examples in responseto ageing in the region.The year 2012 has been proclaimed the
European year for ac
Ɵ 
ve ageing and solidarity betweengenera
Ɵ 
ons.
The in-depth discussion on ac
ve ageing during the Working Group mee
ng in November2011 and the incurring paper represent the UNECE contribu
on to this debate and pave the ground forfurther elabora
ons on the issue at the UNECE Ministerial Conference
Ensuring a society for all ages: promo
Ɵ 
ng quality of life and ac
Ɵ 
ve ageing that takes place in Vienna
, Austria, on 19-20 September 2012.UNECE is grateful to the author for his contribu
on and to UNECE member States for their work on thispaper and encourages governments, stakeholders and individuals to take it to the next level – to
ll it withlife and make it happen.
P
P
REFACE
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Sven AlkalajExecutive SecretaryUnited Nations Economic Commission for Europe

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