Successful Ageing in Europe

Successful Ageing in Europe

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For several years now, the theme of ageing well has been spreading in the media and has become a political issue. It connects ageing to the concept of well-being and good health,  and has been particularly popular with European seniors.

The concept of « successful ageing » came to light in 1987: when two gerontology researchers proposed the concept, as opposed to an approach to ageing they deemed too focused on expenses and of the vulnerability of old aged people. Since then, there have been a number of attempts to offer another perspective on ageing, and no longer see older people as consumers of costly care, but as people in their own right.

The concept of successful ageing is focused on prevention. It encourages older people to remain self-sufficient and adopt a healthy lifestyle that help them stay healthy as long as possible. The concept of successful ageing revolves around: leisure, exercising, eating habits, social relations, care or mobility. Care and mobility depend on local authorities and Public Health policies, but physical exercises and eating habits for example, is everyone’s responsibility.

Successful Ageing Through a Healthy Diet, Well-being and Learning

Seniosphère Conseil and Future Thinking have conducted a survey among Baby-boomers and successful ageing in Europe (2015). The question was: “When we talk about ‘successful ageing’, you think it is first and foremost about… » The top answer in Germany (92%), France (88%) and the United Kingdom (90%) was « staying in good health ».

But their priorities for successful ageing concerns wider practices. European baby boomers mention priorities that also concern:

  • Their diet
  • Well-being with spas and health cures. This hedonist aspect is more present among the French and the Germans than the British
  • Learning
Three priorities for successful ageing according to seniors
Question: Would you say personally that successful ageing is …?

There are fewer Germans than French and British who think successfully ageing is important. 5% of Germans think this is not important at all, against 1% of French and 2% of British.

Importance of successful ageing according to 50-70 years old in Europe
Question: Would you say personally that successful ageing is …?

Sources:
– Cairn Info – Qu’est-ce que le bien-vieillir ? Médecine de soi et prévention du vieillissement, Claire Crignon-De Oliveira, Claire Crignon-De Oliveira, Lecturer in philosophy, Université de Bourgogne, Centre Georges Chevrier (France): http://www.cairn.info/revue-les-cahiers-du-centre-georges-canguilhem-2010-1-page-177.htm
– Seniosphère Conseil


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