Did you know? 2012 is the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations

The declaration of this special year is intended to raise awareness of the contribution that older people make to society. It is also intended to encourage all spheres of governments and society to create “better opportunities for active ageing and strengthening solidarity between generations”.

“Active Ageing” sounds good – it is defined as “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.”

Isn’t that what we are all striving for?

If this idea of a special year works in Europe we should all try it—so that the much talked about tsunami of older people we are told will bring the world to disaster will no longer be feared but will be recognised as a wonderful opportunity.

We seniors are people with valuable skills and experiences who can contribute to the overall good of society while adding benefit to all generations.

We have much better health than older folk of previous generations and we don’t want to be seen as a nuisance even if some of those feared health impairments and disabilities have slowed us down a little – we are able to remain in charge of our own lives and contribute to the rest of society in
many ways.

The special European Year seeks to ensure greater recognition of what older people bring to society and create more supportive conditions for them.

Let’s bring on the Australian Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations – or at least bring about a reversal in the way we are currently viewed as a burden. We can be very much a part of the solution!

The solution is to build a society equipped for all stages of life. Let’s hear more about those “Age-Friendly Cities” and let’s work towards older folk being able to help make the important decisions.

from ASSCA’s Newsletter – July 2012

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