is the European year of active ageing and solidarity between generations. It offers us all a chance to reflect on how Europeans are living longer and staying healthier than ever before — and to realise the opportunities that represents.  During the course of 2012 Eurofound will bring you more data, research findings and policy-pointers on active ageing, providing you with insights into developments at EU, national and company level.
New Eurobarometer survey

To mark the start of the 2012 European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity of Generations, the Commission presented today a new Eurobarometer survey showing that 71% of Europeans are aware that Europe's population is getting older, but only 42% are concerned about this development. This is in stark contrast with the perceptions of policy makers, who regard demographic ageing as a major challenge. Most citizens (over 60%) believe that we should be allowed to continue working after retirement age and one third says that they would like to work longer themselves.
Opening conference: 'Stay active - what does it take?'

At the opening conference on 18 January 2012 in Copenhagen, under the Danish EU Presidency, Eurofound's Donald Storrie will speak on the topic of 'Senior citizens on the labour market - the need and potential of reforms'. By 2030, the old age dependency ratio will stand at over 30% in all Member States except Ireland. How should Europe handle the issues that raises? Donald Storrie's presentation.
Impact of the recession on age management policies

In relative terms, the economic crisis that began in 2008 did not have a negative impact on the employment rate of older workers in the selection of states studied. In the majority of the 9 EU Member States covered in this study on age management policies, employment rates increased for older workers while they decreased for all other age groups.