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The contribution of volunteering and a wider asset based approach to active ageing and intergenerational solidarity in Europe

Guy Robertson (Director of Positive Ageing Associates, Bristol, UK)

Working with Older People

ISSN: 1366-3666

Article publication date: 8 March 2013

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to outline learning and good practice across Europe on the deployment of asset based approaches for promoting active ageing and intergenerational solidarity.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper draws on a wide ranging review of good practice across Europe distilled from desktop analysis and two European roundtable sessions with key stakeholders.

Findings

The paper analyses the current level of volunteering by older people across Europe and the evidence for its benefits to the health and wellbeing of older people. It then goes on to provide analysis and good practice regarding area and individual based asset approaches, as well those relevant to addressing the social exclusion faced by people with dementia.

Practical implications

The analysis and good practice examples in the report provide resources for developing effective asset based approaches to promoting active ageing and intergenerational solidarity.

Originality/value

The review of European experience is particularly original. There has been little if any European review of asset based approaches to active ageing and intergenerational solidarity. Learning from practice elsewhere enables more confident initiatives to be taken up and developed.

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Citation

Robertson, G. (2013), "The contribution of volunteering and a wider asset based approach to active ageing and intergenerational solidarity in Europe", Working with Older People, Vol. 17 No. 1, pp. 7-18. https://doi.org/10.1108/13663661311312539

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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