The Active Ageing Index (AAI) measures to what extent the potential of older people is used to contribute to the economy and society through paid and unpaid activities and through living independent, healthy and safe lives.
This Peer Review discussed the possible application of the AAI at local level and was held in Germany which has been piloting a feasibility study on calculating an AAI at the local level.
The Active Ageing Index at the local level – key learning elements
- A local-level Active Ageing Index is feasible. However, the depth and coverage depend on the data sources available, as well as on local and national financial resources.
- A local or regional Active Ageing Index can be used to measure untapped potential of older people, progress on activation, as well as mapping care needs; this is the same objective as the national-level AAI.
- The Active Ageing Index can offer guidance for policy-making at various levels of governance and provide evidence-based insights into several aspects of active ageing.
- To convince local policy-makers that a local AAI is useful, the indicators must match local needs and focus on circumstances that can be politically influenced at a local level.
- Capacity-building through funding and expertise for a local application is needed.
- It is important to increase awareness of the benefits of the Active Ageing Index and to build local support for it. This can be done by involving a wide range of actors in discussions on possible regional or local uses of the AAI.
Read more at the source: Peer Review in Germany: Active Ageing Index at the local level
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