Active Ageing: Sheffield’s Pro-active approach? What’s it all about?

Active ageing is the process of optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security to enhance quality of life as people age. Active refers to continuing participation in social, economic, cultural, spiritual and civic affairs, rather than just the ability to be physically active or to participate in the labour force.‘  

Other important work in this area has been done by New Economics Foundation (nef) which has identified five criteria for Ways to achieve Wellbeing are based around activities and simple things we can do in our everyday lives to:

  • Connect
  • Be Active
  • Take Notice
  • Keep Learning
  •  Give.

Research carried out by Alan Walker and Tony Maltby and published in their paper IJSW paper on Active Ageing 2012 explores ageing,  active ageing as it affects policy across the EU and its political impacts since the 1980’s and has changed the way that older people are perceived from passive welfare beneficiaries to politically active.  They also explore the meaning of active ageing and how to maximise participation and well-being as people age.

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