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What is the Active Ageing Index?

The Active Ageing Index (AAI) is a tool to measure the untapped potential of older people for active and healthy ageing at national and subnational levels. It measures the level to 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 active ageing. AAI also offers breakdown of results by sex to highlight the differences in acitve ageing for men and women.

See AAI Questionnaire to get a detailed picture on indicators that form AAI, as well as variables and data sources (click here for the AAI Questionnaire in Microsoft Word format).

For an overview of AAI, please see the policy brief on Introducing Active Ageing Index.

The index has been constructed in the framework of the 2012 European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (EY2012). Launch of AAI also coincided with the 10th anniversary of the 2nd World Assembly on Ageing and the 2nd cycle of review and appraisal of the implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing and its Regional Implementation Strategy.

For more information on the EY2012 please refer to: On the implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing please see:

For further information or suggestions on AAI please e-mail to