Source: Help Wanted? Providing and Paying for Long-Term Care, OECD 2011, Chapter 1, P.44.
BALANCING WORK AND CARE
In Europe, family carers account for 70 to 90% of the entire care “workforce”, most of them women.
Flexible working-hours and leave options are just two ways policymakers and employers can help keep caregivers in the workforce as long as possible.
To ease the pressure on caregivers, research and pilot initiatives suggest that flex-time and employee support for caregivers may keep them in the workplace.
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.