Family Law in a European Perspective
Edited by Jens M. Scherpe
Chapter 10: Family law and older people in a European perspective
The European Union is getting older, not only as an institution but as a people. This raises issues of fundamental importance. While the ageing of Europe is sometimes presented as a crisis, in fact, it is great news that we can enjoy life longer. Longer life expectancy produces challenges, but also exciting opportunities. These have been recognised by the European Union, which has presented a series of declarations and policy initiatives to deal with the ageing population and to encourage active and healthy ageing. Indeed, ‘healthy ageing’ has been listed as one of priority themes for Europe 2020. There are certainly some grand-sounding statements to be found within the European documentation about the rights of older people.
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