Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA)

What is AHA?

Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA) aims at enhancing people’s overall quality of life (as they get older) by improving areas such as health and long-term care, participation in employment and in society, or physical security and financial stability, etc. It also contributes to the long-term sustainability of health, care, and social service systems by fostering innovative and cost-effective technologies, services, and policies to address the needs of an ageing population.

What is AHA for?

AHA is a response to an increasingly ageing society, which is a challenge most industrialized countries currently face. It requires combined efforts from stakeholders across all areas of public policy-making to improve quality of life in older age, the sustainable provision of goods and services, and ultimately, to move towards an age-inclusive society.

What we offer:

The European Centre has been a promoter of AHA over the past decades, not least as a key partner in the development of the ‘Active Ageing Index’ during the 2012 European Year on Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. Our collaboration with the UNECE Working Group on Ageing and the European Commission (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities) has helped to measure national progress in ensuring activity and quality of life of ageing populations in the EU and other UNECE countries. The European Centre also offers:

  • Developing innovative policies, pathways, and systems to improve services in support of an ageing population.
  • Consultancy in the implementation of innovative solutions for health and long-term care delivery in support of AHA.
  • Capacity-building workshops and training for stakeholders, including AHA practitioners, policy planners and decision-makers.
  • Development of metrics and indicators to measure progress towards an age-inclusive society.
  • Evaluation of AHA policies and innovations, including the use of information and communication technologies in health, long-term and social care (eHealth, eCare).

Project examples

Contact persons

Kai Leichsenring

Kai Leichsenring

Anette Scoppetta

Anette Scoppetta

Eszter Zólyomi

Eszter Zólyomi