Conference Old age social exclusion: from data to age-friendly policies

Bucharest online conference, 22 October 2021

Social exclusion in old age remains a significant health and social problem in Europe, despite the ambition of the EU to reduce the number of people who are socially excluded with 20 million by the year 2020. Active ageing policies aimed to increase social inclusion have been insufficient, partly due to the rising longevity, demographic ageing, and accelerated digitalization processes continuously shaping the dynamics of old age social exclusion. New intersectional inequalities emerge as the existing micro-, meso- and macro-social realities come into play. Fortunately, research into this issue grew significantly over the past years, contributing to a better understanding of old age exclusion through data gathering, novel theoretical approaches, and combining support from various disciplines. Moreover, diminishing social exclusion is still a chief concern of policy, and ageing subjects across policy making are increasingly incorporated at the local and the European level. 

The current conference is organized by the project members of the AMASE project, A multidimensional approach of social exclusion in later life-health consequences for ageing populations, funded through the Norway Grants 2014–2021. The conference is supported by the Research Institute of the University of BucharestNOVA – Oslo Metropolitan UniversityNational Research Institute for Labour & Social Protection and the Research Institute for Quality of Life – Romanian Academy. Presentations concentrate on explanatory factors of social exclusion in old age, consequences of the phenomenon, and analyses of existing policies. Single country studies, comparative analyses across various societies, as well as cross-sectional and longitudinal approaches are included.

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