Flexible retirement age is needed to tackle Europe’s ageing population

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 13 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5668
  1. Tessa Richards
  1. 1BMJ

The economic and social impact of Europe’s ageing population will present countries with a greater and more sustained challenge than that from the current financial crisis, health policy experts have warned. In response, countries need to rethink their pension and employment policies and put the promotion of healthy ageing at the top of their agendas.

How to tackle the “demographic crisis” in Europe dominated discussion at the 13th meeting of the European Health Forum Gastein from 6 to 9 October ( At the meeting the European Commission announced its new “partnership on active and healthy ageing.” This aims to increase the number of years people spend without disability by two years by 2020. The current European Union average is 61 for men and 63 for women, although it varies …

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