AGE participated to the peer review organised in Poland on “Age friendly goods and services – an opportunity for social and economic development”.
Poland has one of the lowest employment rates of people aged 55-64 (34% in 2010) and the Peer Review provides the occasion to share information on measures to tackle the employment deficit among older people, such as incentives for employers to hire older workers, a gradual increasing of the retirement age and other innovative measures to increase the employment of the people concerned. Policies are underpinned by two clear lines of thinking. First, there is the belief that older people represent a valuable asset to society and that they can contribute to the wellbeing of society and intergenerational social cohesion. Secondly, there is a recognition that the “silver economy” represents a new and expanding market and opens up new opportunities for the provision of goods and services and, therefore, for jobs.
All the papers submitted for this peer review are available here.