In 2014 the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MUIR) published a position paper focusing on the innovations and policies necessary to implement a positive ageing strategy in Italy. The paper joined together scientific and institutional communities to analyse the impact of ageing on Italy. Using an integrated scientific approach, the report looks at four key areas where changes could be implemented to encourage a positive ageing strategy: Health, the Silver Economy, the Built Environment and Welfare and Wellbeing. The report explores the possible approaches to making ageing within these sectors beneficial, with an emphasis on improving the general lives of Italian older citizens. The document's overarching conclusion was that Italy needs a renewed approach to the challenge of its ageing population in order to cope and profit from the changing demographics of European society.
Previously Italian strategies had been narrow in their reach looking at specific issues such as mobility, as opposed to the overarching possibilities of using technologies to increase social inclusion and health in general in older citizens. Highlighting the impacts of ageing and its complexity on the Italian economy the report states that the socio-economic impacts of ageing can only be understood through a multi-sectoral approach. The report states that a commitment to a diverse approach is fundamental if the concept of age as a burden on younger generations is to be successfully challenged. The aim is to close the gap between younger and older generations of Italians, using a diverse and all-encompassing approach and technologies to assist.
Moving Forward for an Ageing Society: Bridging the Distances – position paper available at: http://attiministeriali.miur.it/anno-2014/dicembre/av-05122014.aspx