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Active Ageing Index

The Active Ageing Index is a tool to measure the untapped potential of older people for active and healthy ageing across countries. It measures the level to which older people live independent lives, participate in paid employment and social activities, and their capacity to age actively.

See a leaflet on AAI functionality and application.

Click here to access the Guidelines for Active Ageing Index (AAI) in non-EU countries and at subnational level.

Try the new web-tool on AAI and send us feedback to ec-active-ageing-index@ec.europa.eu.

More information on the Active Ageing Index is available on a special wiki dedicated to the index.  The wiki provides information on the AAI conceptual framework, methodology and results. It also provides potential index users with access to an excel file containing detailed data sets on the AAI for the 28 European Union Member States. 

The wiki can be accessed here.

The AAI is a product of a joint project undertaken in 2012 by the UNECE Population Unit together with the European Commission Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion and the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research in Vienna.


The 2018 Active Ageing Index Analytical report jointly launched by UNECE and the European Commission shows that since 2008 most countries in the European Union have improved their overall AAI scores.

Progress has been strongest for women. The report presents the latest AAI calculations and progress over time. The Active Ageing Index is a practical tool for policymakers that helps identify areas in which older people's potential for active ageing is not yet fully realised.

It measures the level of which older people live independent lives, participate in paid employment and social activities as well as their capacity to actively age. The index is constructed from 22 individual indicators that are grouped into four domains. Each domain reflects a different aspect of active ageing. AAI also offers breakdown of results by sex to highlight the differences in active agein for men and women.

Read the 2018 Active Ageing Index Analytical Report.