1620d Worksite health promotion programs for ageing workforce in europe. the experience of prohealth65+

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Abstract

Introduction

The proportion of older workers has increased substantially in European countries. The study project ProHealth65+, funded by EU-CHAFEA, collected experiences of workplace health promotion for older workers (WHPOW) conducted in 10 representative countries of Central

Introduction

Europe, Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean.

Methods

Research studies of WHPOW conducted from 2000, 1 st January, to 2015, 31 December, were identified through a comprehensive literature review and a search on the website of the major

Methods

European Agencies on worker health promotion. Researchers and companies were asked for additional documentation about WHPOW programmes in a survey conducted with Survey Monkey.

Results

A total of 622 intervention studies performed or promoted in the workplace and targeted at older workers or at the ageing of the workforce were identified. Most of the programs were carried out in Central Europe (295, 47.4%), less in East Europe (193, 31.0%) and in Mediterranean countries (134, 21.6%).

Discussion

Our study shows that there are only a limited number of WHPOW actions throughout the 10 selected European Countries. While in Central Europe widespread interest in issues of ageing workforce has resulted in national policies to encourage WHPOW, not all the countries of Eastern Europe are equally well equipped. Lastly, in Southern Europe health promotion activities are largely inadequate compared to needs.

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