Section I: Visions

Active ageing depends on a variety of influences or “determinants” that surround individuals, families and nations.

Understanding the evidence we have about these determinants helps us design policies and programmes that work. 

Active ageing policies and programmes recognize the need to encourage and balance personal responsibility (self-care), age-friendly environments and intergenerational solidarity.

Individuals and families need to plan and prepare for older age, and make personal efforts to adopt positive personal health practices at all stages of life. At the same time supportive environments are required to “make the healthy choices the easy choices.”


 WHO, Active Aging, A Policy Framework. 2002