EAEA conference, 2–4 May 2012, Vienna, Austria
Active ageing means growing old in good health and as a full member of society, feeling more fulfilled in our jobs, more independent in our daily lives and more involved as citizens. No matter how old we are, we can still play our part in society and enjoy a better quality of life. The challenge is to make the most of the enormous potential that we harbour even at a more advanced age.
The year is intended to raise awareness of the contribution that older people make to society. It seeks to encourage policymakers and relevant stakeholders at all levels to take action with the aim of creating better opportunities for active ageing and strengthening solidarity between generations.
The European Year 2012 seeks to promote active ageing in three areas:
EAEA considers seniors as crucial participants in lifelong learning because their learning is more than gaining of knowledge: when older people are provided with learning opportunities, they are able to improve their physical and mental well being, to actively participate in society and thus to combat negative stereotypes and social exclusion. For this reason and since many EAEA members are working with senior learners, EAEA is deeply committed to active ageing.
The association promotes a strong political recognition of the importance of having a common vision on the participation of older people in adult learning and to increase funds for the seniors’ learning. Moreover, EAEA participates in European projects which tackle some of the most important challenges of active ageing. The PALADIN project intends to contribute to the empowerment of disadvantaged seniors, the ENIL project aims at creating a Network in order to promote Intergenerational Learning (IGL) and the completed ADD LIFE project had the purpose to develop university modules for senior citizens, providing an inter-generational learning setting.