ECOO, GCOA and IAPB call on European Commission to include vision in its ageing initiatives and policies

April 2021

Good eyesight plays a critical part in active ageing! Vision and eye health needs to be included into the European Comission’s recent  Green Paper on Ageing “Fostering solidarity and responsibility between generations” as well as into any related future work strands and policy initiatives.

The risk of vision loss increases as you age. Over 73% of people with vision loss are older adults. Without the ability to see, older adults struggle to learn, read or gain fulfilling employment, and will be more likely to suffer depression, exclusion and die earlier. It is thus a fundamental precondition that needs to be acknowledged in the paper and included in all relevant future policies.

Read our joint letter to Vice-President for Democracy and Demography Dubravka Šuica here.