AGE Barometer assesses on a yearly basis the socio-economic situation of older people across the EU and how this situation underpins the respect of their human rights.
The 2020 edition of the AGE Barometer contains key information helping to better understand how COVID-19 has worsened the dire situations many older people already experienced before the pandemic. It covers Belgium (Flanders), Cyprus, Czechia, France, Germany, Greece, Portugal, Spain, and Slovenia, and also includes two short sections on the specific challenges faced by older Roma and older LGBTI people.
Each new edition of AGE Barometer will be used by AGE and its member organisations as an advocacy tool, providing evidence on how the social realities and the respect of human rights in old age evolve in different countries. Our purpose is not to make a classification of EU member states, but to provide a concise overview on how various reforms and legislations relating to ageing succeed in improving the quality of life in old age.
The data from AGE Barometer is provided in two ways:
- Qualitative data: Feedback is gathered at national level among AGE members. This is the more important part of this Barometer as it directly reflects the on-the-ground experience of AGE members with the living conditions of older persons.
- Quantitative data: This has been gathered using statistics collected by the European Union and its agencies (notably Eurofound), enabling cross-country comparisons in key domains. This part provides reliable and unbiased data.
This assessment is linked to the monitoring of key policy processes at EU and national levels in regards to ageing, such as:
- the EU Pillar of Social Rights,
- the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,
- the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA).
The 2019 edition of the AGE Barometer focused on the issue of gender equality, support to find employment, age-friendly workplaces, work-life balance, the fight against poverty and social exclusion and adequate income. It analysed the socio-economic situation of older people in 11 EU countries (Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom).