AGEING POPULATIONS: HOW EUROPE CAN LIVE LONGER AND BETTER
- EUROPE’S AGEING POPULATION FACES AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE
- MORE AND MORE EUROPEANS ARE LIVING LONGER
- A DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFT IS UNDERWAY
- MEANWHILE, CHRONIC DISEASE IS ON THE RISE
- MANY CHRONIC DISEASES CAN BE PREVENTED AND MANAGED
- HELPING PEOPLE STAY ACTIVE AND PRODUCTIVE LONGER
- CAREGIVERS MUST BE SUPPORTED AS WELL
- How Governments and Employers Can Help
Caregivers are an essential part of the healthcare equation. They contribute to the well-being of patients and reduce healthcare costs to the system by providing care to patients in the home. However, caring for ill family or friends can be the equivalent of a full-time job, and far too often carers cannot reconcile the competing demands of their professional and personal lives. It’s important to ensure carers can remain in the workforce: the fewer people who have to stop working to care for a chronically-ill family member, the better off society as a whole will be. Healthier populations create wealth; unhealthy populations cost economies money both in terms of healthcare expenditure and in loss of productivity, and that’s true for both patients and caregivers.
AbbVie piloted a study of carers in Norway to better understand just how an excessive care burden impacts workers and what employers can do to ensure these highly-motivated workers remain active. The “We Care!” pilot programme demonstrated that there are many possibilities for helping caregivers achieve a balance between their personal and professional lives.
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Unhealthy lifestyles and lack of physical activity are key factors in the development of chronic diseases. Early prevention and diagnosis, better education, and above all collaboration among governments, patient organizations, and industry are crucial to prevent chronic diseases from arising.