European Year of Active Ageing 2012

ARCHA release
26th January 2012

One of the greatest challenges facing healthcare, and society in general, is developing new treatments and solutions for our ageing population. As people live longer, the impact on every area of human existence is huge.

The challenge for politicians and stakeholders is to improve opportunities for active ageing in general and for living independently, acting in areas as diverse as employment, health care, social services, adult learning, volunteering, housing, IT services or transport.

The Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA) is tackling these opportunities head on. All four of Aston University Schools of Study contribute to ARCHA. The Centre takes a multidisciplinary approach to successful ageing by asking how technological, therapeutic and psychological strategies can be used to understand and prevent age related decline.

2012 is the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. This year provides “a chance for all of us to reflect on how Europeans are living longer and staying healthier than ever before — and to realise the opportunities that represents”. 2012 is also the 10th anniversary of the UN action plan on ageing.

Active ageing includes creating more opportunities for older people to continue working, to stay healthy for longer and to continue to contribute to society in other ways, for example through volunteering. All this needs to be supported by a wide range of policies at all levels of governance.

The European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations has four main aims:
  • To promote active ageing in employment
  • To promote active ageing in the community through volunteering and caring
  • To promote healthy ageing and independent living
  • To enhance solidarity between generations in order to create a society for all ages.
ARCHA’s work specifically focuses on the eye, the mind, the metabolism and healing in the context of the psychological, social and policy factors affecting ageing lives. During the year, each of these key clusters will be featuring examples of their work on this website by way of monthly themes, and will be showing how the varied disciplines and collaborations can contribute to the 2012 theme.

Dr Carol Holland, (Acting Director of ARCHA) said: “ARCHA will be using the opportunities that the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations provides to further our research and impact in these five vital areas related to healthy and active ageing. We are hoping to make an important and significant contribution to this year of ageing.”

Find out more about the Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing.

A brochure detailing all active ageing related funding schemes is available online.