Conclusion: The Future of Greying Europe

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Aging book series (BRIEFSAGING)


Although Europe’s population is greying, the future of Europe does not look grey. What can be learned from this book is that old age is not necessarily characterized by frailty and decline, but instead can be a time of self-fulfillment, activity, and social participation. Moreover, we now know that population ageing does not need to threaten extant social and welfare state-related institutions, but instead opens up potentials for restructuring and reinvention. Life expectancy is longer than ever before and living conditions that enhance healthy ageing have very much improved. New technologies and Information and Communication Technologies may assist older people to stay in their homes longer. The growing possibilities to reach a good old age may have given rise to what is sometimes called ‘a silver economy’: an economy with all kinds of new products and services, particularly aimed at the growing share of healthy and wealthy senior citizens. The greying of Europe might, thus, ultimately lead us into a bright and colourful future.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Social SciencesVU University AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden

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