Ageing and Solidarity between generations

Today Europe is like other continents confronted with the ageing population. Facing the problem of an intense growing older and non-working population the European Commission called for a year of reflection on this problem and instigated the “2012 – European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations”.

The year is intended to raise awareness of the contribution that older people could and still do make to society.  We past some years of wanting to get rid off the people being older than 50. Lots of them were also discouraged to continue by the younger people who considered them as annoyance and a stand in the way.

Despite Europe’s initially promising recovery from the economic and financial crisis of 2008-2009, by 2011 severe economic turbulence had returned to Europe. Several EU Member States – Greece, Ireland and Portugal – have been forced to seek assistance from the European Union via the stabilisation mechanism put in place as part of an emergency package and from the International Monetary Fund, while many other European countries have been implementing difficult and unpopular austerity measures in order to tackle their mounting debts.

The situation in every EU country today is different, but overall there is clearly wide popular discontent among many Europeans at the loss of jobs and the cuts in public spending. That is why strengthening the social dimension of the Europe 2020 strategy is the key priority for EU employment and social policies, to mitigate the impact of the present period of economic restructuring.

The situation in every EU country today is different, but overall there is clearly wide popular discontent among many Europeans at the loss of jobs and the cuts in public spending. That is why strengthening the social dimension of the Europe 2020 strategy is the key priority for EU employment and social policies, to mitigate the impact of the
present period of economic restructuring.

The EU is aware that it is high time to make everybody aware of the importance of the older people and seeks to encourage policymakers and relevant stakeholders at all levels to take action with the aim of creating better opportunities for active ageing and strengthening solidarity between generations.

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Active ageing means growing old in good health and as a full member of society, feeling more fulfilled in our jobs, more independent in our daily lives and more involved as citizens.
No matter how old we are, we can still play our part in society and enjoy a better quality of life. The challenge is to make the most of the enormous potential that we harbour even at a more advanced age. The European Year 2012 seeks to promote active ageing in three areas: Employment, Participation in society and Independent living.

As always with newer generations these may look suspicious or envious against the previous generations or view them as competitors in “their struggle to survive easily.

For many ageing all too often is seen as a threat to themselves and others. The ageing will weaken their position, while the younger find in the older ones their position weakened, and looks at the older person as somebody who does not want to put a step aside to give him more opportunities.

Years ago it was something special when some one got at a certain age. If someone came on years he became more respected and was considered a useful source to exchange ideas and was contemplated as a useful resource for sharing experiences. Now it is no longer considered an achievement if people built up a lot of years in a certain field. And the experience of older people will already completely disregard. Some younger people even think they have invented gunpowder. Today we take a generation that thinks they have all the answers. Older people do have to follow their ideas how to invent warm water again, because they are considered not to have to know workable solutions. Fortunately, the next eager generation is thriving too to work on the market. With them we will see young people who eagerly want to go to work and do not mind to do some extra work on weekends or even work as a regular student job to perform better. They are the new hope for the work exiting millennial generation or Generation Y and baby boomers and for the next generation.

The question is still whether the growing number of elderly people is still seen by them as a burden for them as working people. In the recently gone to work young new workforce the elder will not be experienced so much as a mental competitor or a difficult demander of what they are doing and thinking, but as those who do still remain in place and to take an other position because they still keep working more hours in good health. Perhaps they are less hostile to the environment than Generation X. For them, they see an opposite of the Baby Busters, after an increase in children brought about by influx of people from other European countries. The children’s growth and return an increase in consumers gives the successors of the Pamper Generation the option from the diaper to grow and encourage forward steps towards new horizons, although we find many between them still not really wishing to convert to a view of  growth. It could hardly be otherwise when one sees how the growth opportunities our society has reduced by becoming a “paper society”. Everything must be substantiated with documents, figures and evaluations. For young people today there are far fewer opportunities to work on small shrimp, from ordinary servant or simple labourer working upward to become a foreman and so on to grow into the responsible, or even becoming head or boss of a company. For the millennium generation and baby boomers this was still a possibility, although the latter group has over the years also felt pushed to the side because they were being pushed away by people who had higher qualifications. It happened strangely enough that even people who had trained others, were repressed by those that they had educated , but now held an official document of education and their degrees were worth more than the experience of their educators or trainers.

That the elderly have more experience and skills that are interesting and useful for young people, the past few years has been totally overlooked. This wrong practice is noted by the European Commission and classified as dangerous. Because in recent decades the baby has been discarded with the bathwater.

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The EU with employment and ageing issues by its population in 27 countries, is also aware that the entire society has to remain active in old age as the solution to ageing.

Those old men, with hair remedies to bring back their savagery outlook, do not find themselves as too old, but moan under the current workload, which has also become much too heavy for them. But they also see how it has become too much demanding to the younger generation and identify the causes of all these depressive types and those being extinguished our work market encounters.

Job-related stress is a concern for the large majority of the European workforce, concludes EU-OSHA’s 2nd European Opinion Poll on Occupational Safety and Health.

Opinions on job-related stress, the importance of occupational safety and health for economic competitiveness and active ageing were measured in the survey, covering over 35,000 interviews in 36 European countries.

Elderly people and the EU are aware that a process must be brought into action where the opportunities for health, participation and security are optimized, so that  the quality of life of people as they age may improve.

In the frame on the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012, UK’s General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU) is implementing a project to identify best practice in meeting the needs of older workers, with a particular focus on occupational health, safety and welfare practice.

Supporting the Needs of Older, Vulnerable Employees (SNOVE) is an EU-funded project designed to equip older workers with key skills to enable them to maintain their employment during the economic recession. Older workers in particular face the twin threat of attempting to maintain employability with restricted access to the knowledge of how to do this.

As life expectancy increases across Europe, pension ages are rising, but many fear that they will not be able to stay in their current jobs or to find another job until they can retire on a decent pension. We must give older workers better chances in the labour market and getting to to know that retiring from one’s job does not mean becoming idle.

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A group of Bourj el-Barajneh's elderly residents colour, draw and solve crossword puzzles at the refugee camp's Active Ageing House. - Photo Al Jazeera

The contribution of older people to society as carers for others, typically their own parents or spouses and their grandchildren is often overlooked and so is their role as volunteers. The European Year seeks to ensure greater recognition of what older people bring to society and create more supportive conditions for them.
Active ageing is not just about the participation of older workers in the labour market, it is also about older workers actively contributing to society through voluntary work, including as family carers, or living independently thanks to adapted housing and infrastructure.

It comes to those who are now still working or should still be at work to allow them to use their potential throughout life and in accordance with their needs, desires and abilities to the community to participate with their possibilities.

Though our health may decline as we grow old, a lot can be done to cope with this decline. And quite small changes in our environment can make a big difference to people suffering from various health impairments and disabilities. Active ageing also means empowering us as we age so that we can remain in charge of our own lives as long as possible.

The generations at work today should take care for those who were in front of them and those who would come after them. All of those generations living now should be able to rely on adequate protection, security and care when they need help. We should take care that no discrimination is possible between the generations and between those with disorders, health problems  or invalidity.

To ensure that necessary health one must come to investigate  the working conditions of today. We should reconsider what is allowed and how people can stay at work as long as possible under good conditions. The system of possible number of working hours and days in a row must be scrutinized. Days to come back on positives should be built in, in such a way that ensures that the employer can not evade. Anyone who works should regularly have at least two days free in order to recover.

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Shift work common employment practice in metal-, food- and social industry. - final assembly Lotus 60th Celebration - Photo Brian Snelson

If having to work in Shift workto to provide shifts service for respectively the 24 hours of the clock per each day of the week, these should be so constructed that there is a constant regularity. For the health of workers it would be better that they are always in the same team (for a long period) and could work at the same times. It should not be difficult to ask the many workers at what time they would be  interested to work: in a night shift, early service or late shifts and to give the people what suits them to continue to hold their family life in the right direction. Thus, one can make them happier and give them a peace of mind to get everything organized. Such an organisation from the employer to provide the workers with a shift in a time table they could find themselves at ease would take a heavy burden from their back and get them more relaxed to work, then the work itself will benefit. While now with too many changes in shifts and having to work for the drop-outs, workers on sick leave, too great a burden on the workers is constantly increased.

Understanding from the employer for the domestic situation and possibilities for time credits may provide further relief to create a more pleasant work environment.

The several generations who have to share the workplace would be open to each other and would have to learn from each other. If there can be formed solidarity between the generations, this will bring mutual support and cooperation between different age groups. And it must work because we have become a society where people of all ages according to their needs and abilities can contribute and benefit from the economic and social progress of their society.

The European Year of Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity will try to encourage employment of older persons, but also shall have to bring among young people the concept of the need for older people who work on the market. All those still at age to be able to work should receive equal opportunities to their full potential.

The European Commission invites the Member States, regional and local authorities, social partners, civil society, businesses, … to assume obligations for certain actions and targets in 2012 so that they can present tangible results. People would like to see that all initiatives are designed to set up groups but also to actively undertake initiatives or get business enterprises that can contribute to better relations between different generations and to care for those facing older age and being with certain restrictions.

One can not miss that one depends on its limited human body and limited mind. Also, one should be aware that each body develops differently but also degenerates otherwise. That decline is a significant element. Even though we are getting older we are still confronted with the various defects that humanity meet. Health is an undeniable link in our system.

Outside the health restrictions there are obstacles that prevent older people to remain at work. These we shall have to try to take away.

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Edmund Burke, as the Irish Jesuit Cincinnatus driven back to his native Potatoes after he resigned from his position following the death of Rockingham.

People or organisations will have to provide for a participation in social activities, adult education, volunteer work, independent living, healthy ageing and so on. So one will have to determine priorities for action.

Six out of ten Europeans reject the idea that the retirement age needs to increase by 2030. The level of agreement with this idea tends to be higher amongst men, people aged 55 and over and the well-educated. Respondents in Denmark (58%), the Netherlands (55%), Ireland (53%), the UK (51%) and Austria (49%) recognised the need for the official retirement age to go up.

Only a minority of Europeans actually believe that it should be compulsory for people to stop working at a certain age (41%). However, in some countries, a clear majority are in favour of compulsory retirement: in Greece, Romania, Cyprus and Slovenia with 75%, 73%, 73% and 70% respectively in favour. By contrast, around 80% of respondents in Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany, reject the idea of a compulsory retirement age.

Moreover, almost two thirds of Europeans believe that they should be allowed to continue working beyond the official retirement age. There are interesting variations across Member States. At one extreme, nine out of ten respondents in Denmark and the Netherlands believe that they should be able to do so, whilst at the other end of the scale only three out of ten respondents believe so in Greece, Romania, Italy and Slovenia.

One third of Europeans currently in work say that they would like to continue working after they become entitled to a pension. This proportion ranges from over half of the respondents in Denmark, the UK, Estonia and Latvia to just over 20% in Spain and Italy and 16% in Slovenia.
Moreover, the older they get, the more people are likely to want continue
working longer: 41% of people aged 55 and over tend to be keener on working beyond the age at which they are entitled to a pension, in  contrast to younger respondents (ranging between 30% to 33%).

Europeans could be encouraged to work longer and after the official retirement age when they would receive respect for their work and could find some arrangements enabling them to work according to their abilities at that time. The idea of combining part time work and a partial pension seems more appealing than full retirement, to almost two thirds of Europeans. Many Europeans consider that the lack of gradual retirement options hinders longer careers. More Europeans (69%) in the 15 Member States which joined the EU first (EU-15) find the idea of a combined
part-time work and partial pension more appealing than full retirement –compared with 52% of those in the NMS12. This idea appeals most in Sweden (90%), Denmark (87%), the Netherlands (84%), UK (82%), Finland (80%), Ireland (78%) and Belgium (78%). Respondents in Greece seem least attracted to this idea, with only 28% finding it more appealing and 69% finding it less appealing.

Offering the possibility of working flexible hours is something which the governments should consider to come to better work and life conditions. Also offering pension credits for care time shall have to be provided. But first work has to made of getting to a more ‘age-friendly’ environment.

In total, 69% of Europeans in the EU15 Member States feel that their local area is “agefriendly” compared to 52% in EU-12. Younger people tend to feel more positively about the ‘age-friendliness’ of their countries than older people (60% of those aged 15-24 compared to 55% of those aged 55 and over). Those who live in rural areas describe their local area as ‘age-friendly’ more often than those who live in large towns.

Improvements are needed in several areas. Those most frequently mentioned are facilities for older people to stay fit and healthy (42%), better public transport (40%) and roads and road safety (31%). Public areas such as parks (25%), commercial premises (17%) and public buildings (15%) seem to be regarded as less problematic.

Older people organisations and religious ones, as well as, regional and local authorities, media, national governments and trade unions are considered as having the most important role in tackling the challenges of the ageing population.

2012 should become the year for the Europeans to make work of the ageing problem, not having to consider the ageing itself as a problem.

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Part of this article can be found in Dutch / Een gedeelte van dit artikel kan in het Nederlands gevonden worden: Waarom een Europees Jaar van actief ouder worden en solidariteit tussen de generaties?

Next: Who is considered Old?

For more information, see also: IP/12/16
Special Eurobarometer 378: Active Ageing (Report and Factsheets)
Flash Eurobarometer report (April 2009) on attitudes to intergenerational solidarity

Please do find the Active Ageing Rapport:  Report

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Employment and Social Policy : Report

Despite Europe’s initially promising recovery from the economic and financial crisis of
2008-2009, by 2011 severe economic turbulence had returned to Europe. Several EU
Member States – Greece, Ireland and Portugal – have been forced to seek assistance
from the European Union via the stabilisation mechanism put in place as part of an
emergency package and from the International Monetary Fund, while many other
European countries have been implementing difficult and unpopular austerity measures
in order to tackle their mounting debts.

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    'Age discrimination' is a bizarre concept (Photo: Getty)

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About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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