05/08/2009

Reassessing the role of older people in Europe

Over the last 50 years there has been enormous economic and social progress in
Europe and although there are large regional and social differences Europeans
are living longer than ever before: on average eight to nine years more than in
1960. This coincides with other demographic developments: fewer children are
being born, which will mean fewer people paying into state pension and
healthcare systems, and a smaller pool of potential carers. The increased
lifespan is great news particularly if accompanied by more years in good
health but also poses many questions for individuals, their families and for
social systems. How long do I need to work? When can I afford to retire? Does
my employer value my skills? Do governments recognise my contribution in
providing care and volunteering?

Eurofound has launched a special website which brings together its recent
findings, data and recommendations on issues related to the employment of older
people, and active ageing issues, and the solidarity between generations.

These cover reports such as Living and Working in Europe, a snapshot of what it
means to live and work in Europe at the start of the 21st century; Working
longer, living better Europes coming of age, a fact sheet on pertinent issues,
data and recommendations to the European debate on demographics in Europe;
Working longer, living better What companies can do, a fact sheet on the
different flexible working time options that European companies put in place to
meet the needs or preferences of older workers to work; and A guide to good
practise in age management, a report that reviews case studies from a range of
organisations across the EU that have instituted good practice in recruiting,
supporting and retaining older workers.


More information


AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work