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
Keeping people healthy does more than just reduce costs to healthcare systems. It improves individuals’ quality of life, allowing them to remain in the workforce longer—or get back to work sooner after an illness or injury. In the future, where a much larger percentage of the population will be over age 60, making sure people can continue to work, support themselves and lead healthy, independent lives is critical.
Given that most of the adult population spends half its time at work, employers should be active partners in health literacy, disease prevention and facilitating a return to work after illness. Ensuring workers have access to the right care at the right moment—including at their place of employment—helps them recover faster and return to their active lives.
In Germany, employers are developing programmes to integrate healthcare into the workforce, with positive results. These programmes help reduce the barriers that prevent employees from getting preventative healthcare by building it into their work environment—an integral part of their daily lives.
An AbbVie pilot programme in Spain demonstrated that early intervention in musculo-skeletal injuries resulted in a 40% reduction in sick leave days, a 50% reduction in permanent disability rates and a return on investment (ROI) of €11 in social costs for each €1 invested. Sharing and scaling up early intervention best practices across Europe are crucial elements for successfully addressing the issue of keeping patients in the workforce.
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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.