Living environments

Global AgeWatch

Attitudes of Disabled and Older People to Public Transport

19th May 2015, Department for Regional Development (DRD)

This statistical report presents the results of the Attitudes of Disabled and Older People to Public Transport Survey that was developed by the Central Statistics and Research Branch (CSRB) in the Department for Regional Development (DRD) in conjunction with the Inclusive Mobility and Transport Advisory Committee and carried out between 17 November 2014 and 16 January 2015.  This is the first such report produced by CSRB.  It can be accessed on the DRD website here.


The 2015 Ageing Report

19th May 2015, The European Commission

The European Commission recently published a report on ageing in EU countries. Due to revised population projections in 2013 it is now predicting that the effect of ageing on public spending (specifically pensions, long-term care and healthcare) will be “less pronounced” than previously thought. Population ageing is not happening as quickly as expected in all but 4 EU member states. Read more here.

Bealtaine 2015

Active Ageing Index 2014 analytical report

5th May 2015, European Commission's Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

Using the right tool to adequately monitor the impact of a wide range of policies is necessary to manage population ageing. This is the purpose of the Active Ageing Index (AAI) which measures the extent to which older people can realise their full potential in terms of employment, participation in social and cultural life and independent living, as well as the extent to which the environment they live in enables seniors to lead an active life. A report has just been issued which compiles the work of the Active Ageing Index project.