Title
Active ageing : from empty rhetoric to effective policy tool Active ageing : from empty rhetoric to effective policy tool
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Publication type
article
Publication
Cambridge ,
Subject
Sociology
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Ageing and society. - Cambridge
Volume/pages
33(2013) :6 , p. 1077-1098
ISSN
0144-686X
ISI
000322079200008
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
'Active ageing' is a topic of increasing attention in scientific and policy discussions on ageing, yet there is no consensus on its actual meaning. The current paper proposes a detailed classification of various definitions that have been used since its introduction. These definitions are subjected to critical investigation, and subtle differences with regard to such terms as 'healthy ageing' and 'productive ageing' are clarified. Bearing the hazards of previous definitions in mind, a comprehensive strategy is initiated. Given that earlier definitions have tended to exclude frail older adults, this strategy pays particular attention to the translation of the active-ageing concept to situations of dependency by centring on three key principles: fostering adaptability, supporting the maintenance of emotionally close relationships and removing structural barriers related to age or dependency.
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