Adjusting societies to population ageing is a distinct challenge of our time. Active ageing 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.
Via Paulo Tomás Neves