Public Seminar by Susan Lawrence Active ageing and demographic change: a view from Europe

Event day: 
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Date: 8 March 2016 (Tuesday)

Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Venue: GH404

 

Abstract:
Europe has been described as a region confronted with a rapidly ageing population. Longevity, lowering birth rates, youth ‘drain’ and migration are examples of processes leading to demographic change in many regions of Europe. The changes in demographic cohorts have put issues of intergenerational care-giving, active citizenship at all ages and the sustainability of social services at the foreground of public discussions.

With more people reaching old age and more elderly people reaching very old age, active ageing is proposed in many European social policies as a key concept to not only assure that everyone can participate actively in society but also that care needs can still be met even if funds for public service provision are diminishing. 

The aim of this presentation is to interrogate whether and how social work and social policy relate to the concept of active ageing.