The global pandemic has led to a catharsis, questioning our ways of lives, which are not sustainable, neither for our planet nor for ourselves. The often debated need for the transformation of our economy, the redesign of our health and care systems and a more sustainable way of life has encountered a moment of truth and action!
The Covid-19 pandemic has laid bare the fragility of our care system, in particular for the older population, where the highest death toll had to be deplored. Our older adults were not only hardest hit by the virus, but also suffered the most and continue to suffer from the tragic consequences of social isolation and lonliness. Active & Healthy ageing has received a whole new meaning and importance during this pandemic, putting it at the forefront for a new societal discourse on ageing well in a more and more digitalized world.
The AAL programme's objectives and vision have clearly received much more attention over the last months. While we all had to move into remote work, we were prepared for it as an operational team, in our governance and as a membership association overall, after having accelerated the digitalization and change management over the last few years. We have learned a lot as an organization and as individuals during this year, building alliances with people and organizations to promote even more active and healthy ageing in Europe.