The White Paper

The efforts made by the Coalition in partnership with a wide spectrum of experts resulted in the development of the White Paper, a report discussing the issue of the healthy and active ageing in Poland. More than 40 authors, eminent experts in their fields, participated in the initiative. The Foreword to the White Paper was written by Ms Ewa Kopacz, Speaker of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland. Introductions to individual parts of the report were authored by President Lech Wałęsa, Minister Irena Wóycicka and Minister Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz.

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White Paper (in polish)



Table of Contents


Ewa Kopacz



Part I

The population ageing process from the perspective of an individual and the state

Lech Wałęsa


Janusz Szymborski

The demographics of an ageing society

Piotr Błędowski

Social aspects of ageing. Material status of the elderly. The problem of social exclusion.

Andrzej Kiejna, Magdalena Ciałkowska-Kuźmińska

Ageing as an intrinsic part of life – psychological aspects

Ewelina Nojszewska

The ageing population’s influence on the economy

Andrzej Malinowski

The problem of ageing from the employer’s perspective

Karina Jahnz-Różyk

Pharmacoeconomics and the aspects of society ageing

Dorota M. Fal

Insurance and the ageing of the society

Adam H. Pustelnik

Insurance market vs. the problem of old age


Part II

The ageing process – medical aspects

Irena Wóycicka


Małgorzata Mossakowska

Health problems of the elderly population.

Conclusions of the project “PolSenior”

Violetta Skrzypulec-Plinta

Health problems of older women

Grzegorz Opala, Danuta Ryglewicz

Prevention of brain and neurodegenerative conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease

Henryk Skarżyński, Krzysztof Kochanek

The social dimension of old-age communication disorders – prevention, recommendations

Krzysztof Krzemieniecki

Oncology in old age

Tomasz Zdrojewski

Cardio-vascular diseases and their prevention in the elderly population

Beata Maciążek-Chyra, Piotr Wiland

Seniors and muscoskeletal disorders

Paweł Śliwiński

Old-age respiratory disorders – primary and secondary prevention, recommendations

Bolesław Samoliński

Rhinitis, allergies, asthma and cutaneous conditions in the elderly population

Krystyna Księżopolska-Orłowska

Maintaining and restoring fitness as a condition for healthy ageing

Igor Radziewicz-Winnicki

The significance of the Active Healthy Ageing concept for the health care system.


Part III

A strategy of limiting the impact of negative aspects of ageing

Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz


Małgorzata Steiner

The strategy of public administration vs. the issue of seniors and their social performance

Anita Gębska-Kuczerowska, Mirosław J. Wysocki

The issue of an ageing society and its place in the EU policy framework

Jean Bousquet, George Crooks

European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP-AHA)

Mirosław J. Wysocki, Anita Gębska-Kuczerowska

World Health Organisation towards the issues of old age

Barbara Bień

Geriatrics – the objectives and problems in Poland

Marynika Woroszylska-Sapieha, Jarosław Oleszczuk, Gianluigi Lisi

Innovation of the pharmaceutical industry and old age disorders

Tomasz Kostka

Innovation in medicine. Modern technologies used to support needs of the elderly

Irena Walecka, Elżbieta Szymańska?

Improving the quality of life of male and female seniors through invasive and non-invasive procedures of aesthetics medicine

Irena Ponikowska

Health resort treatment in the Active Ageing programme

Tomasz Kwiatkowski

The role of health resort treatment in the prevention, therapy and care addressed to elderly population

Ministry of National Education

Health promotion and prevention programmes to tackle problems of children and adolescents

Aleksandra Lusawa

Prevention programmes for healthy ageing and the elderly

Rafał Rdzany, Wojciech Matusewicz

Role of AHTAPol in the assessment and preparation of local government health programmes on healthy ageing – from screening and early detection of old-age disorders to preventive vaccinations for persons over 65

Rudolf Borusiewicz

Senior-friendly local government

Sascha Marschang, Monika Kosińska

Active Approach of NGOs towards population ageing

Tadeusz Parnowski

Te role of universities of third age as an effective activation tool for seniors

Tomasz Szelągowski, Hanna Milczarek

Patient groups and their approach to the issue of healthy ageing in Poland

Mariusz Gujski, Iwona Schymalla

The role of the media in promoting pro-health behaviours

Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz

State policy towards the elderly population: occupational activation, social assistance and disability prevention

Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz

Recommendations for the Healthy Ageing report The White Paper – Summary

Bolesław Samoliński

Summary and conclusions


Jakub Gierczyński

An overview of key documents on the active ageing of the population from the perspective of the adjustment of health care, social welfare and employment systems and the role of medical innovation

Council of the European Union

Draft Council Declaration on the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012: The Way Forward (15 November 2012)


Guiding Principles for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations