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
Compensatory time off, working from home, flexible schedules, paid leave, adjustments to workload or alternate work responsibilities and even a shift to part-time work are all ways that employers can help carers balance their personal and professional lives. These measures would have a positive impact on the lives of carers and patients alike while also benefitting employers. As the population continues to age, finding, recruiting and training new workers will pose significant challenges to companies; retaining skilled, motivated workers will be critical.
Employers want to attract and retain the best possible employees, so providing a work culture that encourages employees to take care of their health and integrate wellness into their daily lives is becoming increasingly important. Labels and certifications like the Great Place to Work® awards help employers showcase their company’s culture and helps employees find companies who contribute to their overall well-being.
Governments and policymakers must also work to create innovative ways to help caregivers stay in the workplace. Developing and improving care options for ill and elderly people to mirror the kinds of care options for young children could be an important step in helping caregivers remain productive members of the workforce while still actively caring for loved-ones.
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Spotlight on Prevention: When, Who and How?
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.