Combining round four data from the European Social Survey (ESS) with indicators of Active Ageing, Dykstra and Fleischmann examine conditions conducive to age integration. It uses both a behavioural and an attitudinal measure of age integration: the prevalence of cross-age friendships and low levels of ageism. The analyses focus on both “young” (age 18 to 30) and “old” (ages 70 to 90). Interestingly, high levels of independence, health and security in late life, and greater capacity to actively age rather than high levels of working, volunteering, caring and political engagement among the old create the greatest opportunities for meaningful cross-age interactions. Contrary to public belief, “productive ageing” will in and of itself not lead to greater age integration.,
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Dykstra, P., & Fleischmann, M. (2017). Are societies with a high value on the Active Ageing Index more age-integrated?. In A. Zaidi, S. Harper, K. Howse, G. Lamura, & J. Perek-Białas, (Eds.), Building evidence for active ageing policies: Active Ageing Index and its potential. London: Palgrave McMillan. (January 2017) (pp. 1–18). doi:10.1007/978-981-10-6017-5_2