Age, Ageing, and Later Life. Digital Education for a Responsibly Engaged Perspective.
Italian Journal of Sociology of Education
Giuseppina Cersosimo (University of Salerno, Italy)
Michela Cozza (Mälardalen University, Sweden)
People worldwide are living longer: ageing is among the most striking societal changes that industrialised economies face. Organisations in health, education, and production sectors urge to develop new approaches to tackle associated challenges. Researchers, industrial leaders, and policy makers have promoted different initiatives in response to the ageing population and have framed most of them according to the (WHO’s) “active ageing” functional perspective. Adopted in the later 1990s, this perspective was conceived as a way to move from a “needs-based” approach of passivity to a proactive “rights-based” approach encouraging participation, equal opportunity, and treatment. Such a perspective is also associated with “successful ageing”, which however is a view of ageing that may leave behind those older people who, for various reasons, fail to remain actively engaged, are less functionally independent, and risk being classified (and marginalised) as “unsuccessful” or “dysfunctional”.