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Boomers with and without chronic conditions have similar needs for workplace supports
IWH study of older workers finds those in good health similar to those with arthritis or diabetes in using—and benefiting from—programs such as flex-time and telework But an older workforce does present other challenges related to health and accommodation issues. Research to date has shown that age-related chronic health conditions such as diabetes and arthritis can create problems for workplaces in the form of increased absenteeism and lost productivity. To understand some of those challenges, a study led by Institute for Work & Health (IWH) Senior Scientist Dr. Monique Gignac...
Age, burnout and physical and psychological work ability among nurses
Background: The ageing of the US labour force highlights the need to examine older adults' physical and psychological ability to work, under varying levels of occupational burnout. Aims: To examine how age and burnout interact in predicting physical and psychological work ability. Methods: Using a cohort of actively working nurses, we assessed factors on the Work Ability Index at 12-month follow-up and determined how these were related to age and exhaustion-related burnout at baseline. Results: The study group consisted of 402 nurses aged 25–67 (mean = 41.7). Results indicated age by...
Health warning for employers: Supporting older workers with health conditions
Research shows that employers are not properly supporting older workers experiencing long-term physical and mental health conditions. As the number of working age people with long-term health conditions rises, Government and employers need to improve workplaces and support systems to help people to manage their health conditions and continue to work. The report was based on research with over 1,000 people who are managing a health condition at work. It found that older workers are more likely than younger workers to be managing multiple long-term conditions and that health conditions are the main...
Pre-retirement physical working conditions and changes in physical health functioning during retirement transition process
Objectives: The aim of this study was to examine the association between pre-retirement physical working conditions and changes in physical health functioning during the retirement transition process. Methods: Follow-up survey data were collected among ageing employees of the City of Helsinki, Finland, at three time points: wave 1 (2000–2002), wave 2 (2007) and wave 3 (2012). We focused on those who retired full time due to old age between waves 1 and 3 (N=1658). Exposure to physical workload, occupational environmental hazards, and computer work were divided into quartiles and used as measures...
Changes in working conditions and physical health functioning among midlife and ageing employees
Objectives: The aim this study was to examine the effect of changes in physical and psychosocial working conditions on physical health functioning among ageing municipal employees. Methods: Follow-up survey data were collected from midlife employees of the City of Helsinki, Finland, at three time points: wave 1 (2000–2002), wave 2 (2007), and wave 3 (2012). Changes in physical and psychosocial working conditions were assessed between waves 1 and 2. Physical health functioning was measured by the physical component summary (PCS) of the Short-Form 36 questionnaire at each of the three waves...
Prevalence of Coronary Heart Disease or Stroke Among Workers Aged <55 Years
United States, 2008–2012 Cardiovascular disease accounts for one in three deaths in the United States each year, and coronary heart disease and stroke account for most of those deaths. To try to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched the Million Hearts initiative, promoting proven and effective interventions in communities and clinical settings. In workplace settings, cardiovascular disease can be addressed through a Total Worker Health program, which integrates occupational safety and health protection with health promotion...
The influence of chronic health problems on work ability and productivity at work
A longitudinal study among older employees Objectives: This study aimed to assess the influence of chronic health problems on work ability and productivity at work among older employees using different methodological approaches in the analysis of longitudinal studies. Methods: Data from employees, aged 45–64, of the longitudinal Study on Transitions in Employment, Ability and Motivation was used (N=8411). Using three annual online questionnaires, we assessed the presence of seven chronic health problems, work ability (scale 0–10), and productivity at work (scale 0–10). Three linear...
Poor health, unhealthy behaviors, and unfavorable work characteristics influence pathways of exit from paid employment among older workers in Europe
The aim of this study was to get insight into the role of poor health, unhealthy behaviors, and unfavorable work characteristics on exit from paid employment due to disability pension, unemployment, and early retirement among older workers. Respondents of the longitudinal Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) in 11 European countries were selected when (i) aged between 50 years and the country-specific retirement age, and having (ii) paid employment at baseline and (iii) information on employment status during the 4-year follow-up period (N=4923). Self-perceived health, health...
Vécu du travail et santé des enseignants en fin de carrière
Une approche ergonomique Notre recherche s'inscrit, on l'a dit, dans une réflexion sur les fins de carrière professionnelle dans la Fonction publique, menée par le Conseil d'orientation des retraites (COR). En nous centrant sur la population des enseignants de premier et second degré de plus de 50 ans, nous aborderons, tout au long de ce rapport et de façon articulée, trois questions : - la manière dont les enseignants vivent leurs dernières années d'activité professionnelle, notamment leur rapport à la...
Bien vieillir au travail
Que doivent prévoir les entreprises pour maintenir leurs salariés au travail en bonne santé ? Comment prévenir un vieillissement ou une usure prématurée liés au travail ? Un document, élaboré par la CNAMTS, les CRAMs et l'INRS, est mis à disposition et téléchargeable. Il propose des pistes d'action et une grille d'évaluation. Source : http://www.inrs.fr/inrs-pub/inrs01.nsf/IntranetObject-accesParIntranetID/OM:Document:4D33EFF7AB40E540C125768700578BDC/$FILE/Visu.html
Prévenir les situations de pénibilité
Cette fiche pratique fait le point sur les enjeux de la prévention des situations d'usure professionnelle, propose des repères pour l'action, des points de vigilance et en illustration des démarches d'entreprise. http://www.anact.fr/portal/page/portal/AnactWeb/NOTINPW_PAGES_TRANSVERSES/5_mediatheque/NOTINMENU_affichage_document?p_thingIdToShow=5437303
Santé et pénibilité en fin de vie active
Cet article explore l'impact de différentes stratégies d'emploi sur la satisfaction au travail et la santé perçue des seniors. Dans un contexte européen de politiques visant à accroître les taux d'emploi des seniors, la question du maintien en emploi des seniors en mauvaise santé et/ou subissant des conditions de travail pénibles est d'actualité. Les politiques de maintien en emploi reposent principalement sur des incitations financières et la restriction de l'accès aux dispositifs de cessation...

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