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Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 261819, 17 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/261819
Research Article

Active Ageing in CIS Countries: Semantics, Challenges, and Responses

1European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Berggasse 17, 1090 Vienna, Austria
2Centre for Research on Ageing, Social Sciences, Southampton University, Murray Building, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

Received 15 May 2012; Accepted 15 October 2012

Academic Editor: Rocío Fernández-Ballesteros

Copyright © 2013 Alexandre Sidorenko and Asghar Zaidi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Although the CIS countries are connected together by the legacy of breaking away from the Soviet Union, they have had a distinctive transition course and are rather diverse in terms of the population ageing challenges and policy responses in place. The commonality is that a comprehensive national strategy on ageing is lacking, and many of necessary reforms were put aside owing to political uncertainties, lack of societal consensus, and financial instability. The notion of active ageing is associated with the term “accelerated ageing,” which is understood to be an individual living a life under harsh living conditions or a society experiencing rapid increases in the relative number of older persons, and therefore it carries a negative connotation. Yet, in the same spirit as the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012, the CIS countries have initiated sectoral programmes towards enhancing employment of older workers, social participation of older people in the society in a wider sense and also measures promoting health and independent living of older persons.