Politicians, scientists and NGO representatives discussed facts, myths and action plans on active ageing at the conference “Riding the Population Wave: Policy Options for the ageing Baby-Boomer Generation in Europe”, organised in Warsaw on May 17th by the Warsaw School of Economics and Population Europe.
“It is time to make decisions regarding the ageing society. The issue is a problem that all of Europe has to face,” said the Polish President, Bronislaw Komorowski, who supported and hosted the conference in the Presidential Palace.
To face the challenges of an ageing society is a long process which “cannot be done overnight”, explained Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz, Polish Minister for Labour and Social Policy.
“We know that the demographic development has a big impact on the economy, and on how society is working,” said Janina Jozwiak, Director of the Institute of Statistics and Demography of the Warsaw School of Economics. “The burden has to be carried by the older and by the younger generation.”
During the conference it was shown that demographic change will have a strong impact on financial resources, but it also calls for a new structure of life course and new timetables of learning, having children, relearning and entering retirement.
An in-depth report about the conference is available at the Population Europe website.