In 2030 one fifth of the Portuguese population will be more than 65 years old.
That was the conclusion of a report presented by Portuguese Minister of Labour and Social Security, Vieira da Silva, during the International Conference On Active Aging, which took place in Lisbon last week.
The symposium discussed at length the impact in the Portuguese society when 20 % of the population will be more that 65 years old.
According to the Portuguese member of government the issue of aging population in Portugal poses a major challenge to make adequate changes and structural planning of the society , extending to all aspects of life, from work environment, leisure, heath care and of the citizens mobility.
One of the most important challenges is to create a more inclusive legislation in the labor market to permit the access of elderly people in the new environment that will be more and moreof participation and input of senior citizens. The Nordic countries of Europe lead the way in this field.
The theme of the conference being “active aging” comes in context of the population of the most advanced countries, including Portugal, getting older, due to better access to health care, moderate eating habits and regular exercise .
Compared with 2002 the percentage of people older than 65 was 13% , has grown rapidly to today’s percentage of 15.5 % .
The paradigm affecting western Europe , far from meaning exclusion, opens doors for more active and durable participation in the society of the experience of the older generation .