A critical perspective : towards a broader understanding of 'active ageing'A critical perspective : towards a broader understanding of 'active ageing'
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Research Centre for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies (CELLO)
E-journal of applied psychology
E-Journal of Applied Psychology
7(2011):1, p. 8-14
University of Antwerp
The current paper explains the origin of the active ageing discourse and addresses the diverging definitions that have been used since its introduction. Generally speaking, a differentiation is made between a narrow view of active ageing (i.e. focusing on labour, care and other traditional activities) and a broad perspective. The hazards of applying a narrow point of view are addressed, as such approaches are primarily concerned with the young-old and the distinction between active and passive behaviours is ambiguous. Research and policy implications of broadening the active ageing discourse are discussed.