Indicators for Active and Healthy Ageing in the Nordic Region

Population ageing is a major demographic trend affecting the policy agenda in the Nordic Region, in Europe, and globally. The report Indicators for Active and Healthy Ageing in the Nordic Region focuses on indicators for active and healthy ageing and on welfare technology for older adults in the Nordic Region.

The aim of the report is to study what types of relevant indicators for both active and healthy ageing and welfare technology for older adults currently exist in the Nordic Region. The study also looks at how these indicators are used to support and monitor policy initiatives. The purpose of the study is to establish a comparative perspective not only on what indicators are available for policymakers, but also on what indicators are not available.

The report presents existing international and European indicators and a list of common Nordic indicators. The study also highlights challenges and future needs for improvement regarding Nordic indicators by presenting a set of recommendations aimed at strengthening the availability of statistical indicators, improving their usage, tackling the shortcomings found, and filling the knowledge gaps.

This report is part of the Nordic Welfare Centre’s project Age-friendly and sustainable societies in the Nordic region, aiming to promote activity and health among Nordic senior citizens.

Nordregio has carried out two parallel studies focusing on active and healthy ageing, on commission by Nordic Welfare Centre. These studies aim to generate new insights on how to promote active and healthy ageing, which is placed high on the policy agenda in the Nordic countries and in many Nordic regions and municipalities. The main outputs are two research reports. The first report, Indicators for Active and Healthy Ageing in the Nordic Region: possibilities and challenges, is published now. The second report, Active and Healthy Ageing – heterogeneous perspective and Nordic indicators, will be published later in April 2022. Both studies are presented at Nordregio´s and Nordic Welfare Centre´s webinar “Grasping the diversity among older adults” on 6 April 2022.

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