About Ageing Well in Work
Ageing Well in Work is a European Commission funded project to identify and implement the actions needed to help individuals to flourish in work, delay retirement and remain active in their local communities.
Ageing Well in Work adopts a holistic definition of work, recognising that individuals engage in a range of meaningful activities that include volunteering, caring, life-long learning and civic roles, as well as paid employment.
In England, as in many developed countries, an ageing society and workforce has called for a shift in thinking and policy. By 2020, one third of the workforce will be aged 50 and above. Although people are living longer, those extra years are not always spent in good health. Increasingly, workers are developing long-term conditions or disabilities later on in their careers, with increased risk of having to retire early through ill-health. Carers are particularly vulnerable and are more likely to be affected by poor health, as well as being financially disadvantaged.
Development of Ageing Well in Work focussed on work to explore the reasons why older people stop working and the relationships between health and employment through research into the views of a sample of older people in Greater Manchester.
National Government, regional commissioners of services, charities such as Age UK, the British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK were also engaged in this work.
GMPHN and PHE also worked with international colleagues in the Netherlands, Finland and Sweden to identify best practice in areas such as workplace adaptations and retirement choices.
Ageing Well in Work has compiled a strong case for a proactive and preventative approach to planning early for later life in order to keep people active and independent as they get older, address social isolation and its consequences and ultimately reduce budgets for health and social care.
This requires prevention and up-stream investment by a range of partners such as local government, NHS agencies, third sector partners, employers and citizens. The ten priorities for action identified by Ageing Well in Work include prevention, earlier identification and management of long-term conditions, facilitating the role of carers, mainstreaming volunteering and improving access to life-long learning for all citizens, be it in the workplace, community or health care settings.