The 21st century is confronted with an aging population. This development is frequently called “the problem of aging” due to the perspective that older adults are often an economic burden because they are no longer active or are less active in the labour market while being entitled to pensions. However, older people are not merely recipients of pensions or health care and longterm care. Older people provide a large proportion of care for other people and want to remain active
in society when leaving the labour force. This study will: 1) unravel the dynamics of civic engagement activity patterns in older people’s frailty and well-being. 2) Contribute to understanding the mechanisms between older adults who transitioned into retirement voluntarily and involuntarily and differences in their well-being and frailty status. 3) Gain insight, through a longitudinal mixed-method design, into the transition work–retirement and the effect of lifeplanning
programs during retirement. Hence, we seek to increase well-being and decreasing frailty in older adults that benefits the older person, his environment, and be more cost-effective for society. Given the significance of the demographic projections it is of strategic importance for our society to gain more insight into the processes and factors which play a part in frailty and wellbeing in older adults and to empower older adults and their environment starting with retirement.
Effective start/end date1/10/1730/09/20

    Flemish discipline codes

  • Social work not elsewhere classified

    Research areas

  • retirement, Social community

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