Active ageing: Results from Western Finland

Fredrica Nyqvist, Mikael Nygård, Fredrik Snellman

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Abstract

The Active Ageing Index (AAI) can be applied across countries to compare active aging outcomes, evaluatethe current situation regarding ageing, and identify the most desired directions for policy action. Whilethe AAI-EU is addressed on a national level, it can also be used for assessing active ageing policies on themunicipal level, which is the case in this study. The aim of this article was to assess active ageing amongstolder people in western parts of Finland by adapting the methodology used for the AAI-EU. We usedGERDA data (n=5,011) collected from people aged 66, 71, 76, 81 and 86 for our descriptive analyses. Theresults showed that the municipalities differed in their active ageing outcomes, and that men and Swedishspeakers generally scored higher on the index, which is something that warrants further investigation.Based on the results, we argue that AAI could potentially be used as a tool to monitor various dimensionsof active ageing on a regional level and that gender and ethno-linguistic characteristics should be a centralconcern for a discussion on ageing in our study region.

Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)55–66
JournalResearch On Finnish Society
Volume12
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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