Category Archives: Paid and unpaid work (includes volunteering)

Volunteering – what’s in it for older people?

I have recently been involved in a consultation exercise to discuss the content of the 2018 Census. It seems a long way off, but work is starting in earnest. I was on the look-out for topics of interest to Age … Continue reading

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Mixed age workforces – are they a good thing?

Age as part of diversity There is a lot of discussion these days about diversity in the workforce – in gender, ethnicity, language, levels of ability. When well-managed, diversity can pay a dividend in productivity and profit. Age is an … Continue reading

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How can policies influence choices about staying on or retiring?

If we accept that there are benefits from encouraging older people to stay on in the paid workforce, then we need to look at what influences their choices. Here I consider a range of policy options. What policies make it … Continue reading

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Should older people be encouraged to stay on longer in paid work?

In many countries governments are encouraging older people to remain longer in paid work. Is this a good idea? What are the benefits and dis-benefits for individuals, the economy, society and business? I have been tossing around these questions and … Continue reading

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Working and caring – how do working carers cope and what would help them?

In a study of employees who provide informal care for older people[1], we found there are a variety of ways in which working carers were responding to their situation. Some were just waiting for the next crisis; some were making … Continue reading

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How does eldercare affect work?

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We talked to the employees of two large city councils about their eldercare responsibilities and how these affect their work. They reported that their employers and colleagues were generally supportive and knew about their care giving situation. This did not … Continue reading

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Working and caring – patterns of eldercare

The most rapidly growing part of our population is the age group 85 plus – a group in which a high proportion of people require some support and assistance. At the same time we are seeing more and older people … Continue reading

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