How Relevant is Active Ageing? Evidence from Portugal

  • Sara Valente de Almeida
  • Pedro Pita Barros


Europe faces many challenges arising from the demographic change, particularly in what concerns the healthcare services and social security systems. Policymakers need to improve the active ageing process, fostering the participation in the labour market, society and economy, as well as reducing social isolation at the latest stages of life. How can policy decision-makers observe a subject concept such as Active Ageing? Using data from the AAL4ALL final users’ survey, we propose an individual measure of active ageing in Portugal following the European commission Active Ageing Index, built at the country level. The analysis of this index shows that government policy should focus on measures to prevent physical activity complications and develop further the provision and promotion of social services and activities.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sara Valente de Almeida
    • 1
  • Pedro Pita Barros
    • 1
  1. 1.Universidade Nova de LisboaLisbonPortugal

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