Resources: Reports and information on issues relating to older people
Eurofound’s work to date has addressed the challenges of Europe’s changing demographic profile – and the issues of work, care and inclusion arising from it – from multiple perspectives.
- Foundation Focus No. 16 – Sustainable work: Toward better and longer working lives (2015) investigates, in a series of nine articles, different aspects of both life and work that influence a worker’s ability and willingness to work over the course of their lives.
- Foundation Findings: Work preferences after 50 (2014) uses data from Eurofound’s European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) to examine the working time preferences of people aged 50 and over. It contains recommendations for policymakers and employers on how to enhance the working life of older workers and keep them in work longer.
- Social partners’ involvement in pension reform in the EU (2013) takes a comparative look across the 28 EU Member States and Norway at the role of the social partners in the pension reform process and its outcomes since 2008.
- The report Sustainable work and the ageing workforce (2012), based on the fifth European Working Conditions Survey, considers the dimensions of work most relevant to work sustainability. It examines the influence of these dimensions on how older workers perceive the sustainability of their work.
- Restructuring during recession: what happened to age management policies? looks at recent developments in relation to the retention of older workers in employment during the recession, in particular in companies undergoing restructuring. The outputs include a résumé, and case studies and country reports.
- The report Role of governments and social partners in keeping older workers in the labour market (2012) maps initiatives at national or sectoral level taken by governments and social partners to keep older workers in the labour market.
- Volunteering by older people in the EU is based on 30 case studies from 11 Member States demonstrating best practice in all aspects of volunteering and its link to social inclusion. It has a special focus on volunteering by those who may themselves be at risk of social exclusion.
- Foundation Findings – Intergenerational solidarity (2012) looks at challenges faced by both younger and older people and at how best to foster solidarity, cooperation and understanding between the generations.
- Company initiatives for workers with care responsibilities for disabled children or adults describes over 50 cases of companies in 11 Member States that have adopted measures to support their employees with care responsibilities for disabled children or adults.
The European Quality of Life Survey includes age-related findings in relation to various dimensions of quality of life in Europe. These are covered in the overview report on Quality of Life in Europe: Impacts of the crisis and in further analyses of specific aspects of quality of life in reports on Subjective well-being, Quality of society and public services and Social inequalities. Age variables can also be used to explore the data in the associated Survey Mapping Tool.
Foundation findings – Drawing on experience: Older women workers in Europe highlights the role of older women who work in Europe. Employment rates for older women workers have been increasing in the EU and they represent an increasing proportion of the workforce, especially in the 55–64 years age group.
A series of info sheets on ‘Living longer, working better’ from 2011 covers: Older people and volunteering, Work after retirement, Older workers in the recession and Promoting good working conditions.
Eurofound’s observatories and network of correspondents have also provided regular updates on ageing and work.
The European Commission’s The EU contribution to active ageing and solidarity between generations outlines the EU’s role in ensuring active ageing, while the Social Europe guide Demography, active ageing and pensions provides an overview of demographic change in Europe and describes efforts to promote active ageing.