Are Societies with a High Value on the Active Ageing Index More Age Integrated?

  • Pearl A. Dykstra
  • Maria Fleischmann


Combining round four data from the European Social Survey (ESS) with indicators of Active Ageing, Dykstra and Fleischmann examine conditions conducive to age integration. It uses both a behavioural and an attitudinal measure of age integration: the prevalence of cross-age friendships and low levels of ageism. The analyses focus on both “young” (ages 18–30) and “old” (ages 70–90). Interestingly, high levels of independence, health and security in late life, and greater capacity to actively age rather than high levels of working, volunteering, caring and political engagement among the old create the greatest opportunities for meaningful cross-age interactions. Contrary to public belief, “productive ageing” will, in and of itself, not lead to greater age integration.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pearl A. Dykstra
    • 1
  • Maria Fleischmann
    • 2
  1. 1.Erasmus UniversityRotterdamNetherlands
  2. 2.University CollegeLondonUK

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