Health and prolonging working lives: an advisory report of the Health Council of The Netherlands

Kerstin G. van der Mark-Reeuwijk*, Rianne M. Weggemans, Ute Bültmann, Alex Burdorf, Dorly J.H. Deeg, Goedele A. Geuskens, Kène C.J.I.M. Henkens, IJmert Kant, Annet de Lange, Maarten Lindeboom, Willem van Rhenen, Allard J. van der Beek

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Objective This opinion paper summarizes the main findings and recommendations of an advisory report on health and prolonging working life, which was requested by the Dutch Minister of Social Affairs and Employment. Methods The advisory report was compiled by a multidisciplinary committee of ten scientists appointed by the Health Council of The Netherlands. The committee`s aims were to (i) describe the health of the ageing population, (ii) describe how prolonging working life influences health, (iii) describe determinants, besides health, for prolonging working lives, and (iv) review the literature on interventions aimed at retaining or improving employability of older workers. Results The report was presented to the Minister on 26 June 2018. As the likelihood of health problems increases with age, prolonging working life may be difficult. In general, life expectancy increases and gains in life years and health seem mainly attributable to people aged >75 years. Work is good for mental health. However, it may be beneficial for mental health to stop working around the retirement age. Besides health, financial factors, lifestyle, motivation to work, and working conditions play a role in prolonging working life. A systematic review of the evidence indicated that interventions such as worksite health promotion or career development workshops can support older workers in this matter. Conclusions The Health Council advised the Dutch Government to focus on worksite health promotion and career development interventions as well as the improvement of their implementation. This requires a tailored approach as there is a large diversity in health among older workers and particularly between low- and high-educated people. With this in mind, it was further recommended to explore whether flexible pension schemes might better suit this diversity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)514-519
Number of pages6
JournalScandinavian Journal of Work Environment & Health
Volume45
Issue number5
Early online date13 May 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Health
Health Promotion
Workplace
Mental Health
Clergy
Pensions
Retirement
Life Expectancy
Life Style
Motivation
Education

Keywords

  • chronic disease
  • disability benefit
  • functioning
  • mental health
  • need for recovery
  • older worker
  • retirement
  • self-perceived health
  • sickness absence
  • unemployment
  • work ability
  • BEST-EVIDENCE SYNTHESIS
  • PAID EMPLOYMENT
  • EARLY RETIREMENT
  • OLDER WORKERS
  • SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS
  • PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY
  • SICKNESS ABSENCE
  • LIFE-STYLE
  • ILL HEALTH
  • INTERVENTIONS

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van der Mark-Reeuwijk, K. G., Weggemans, R. M., Bültmann, U., Burdorf, A., Deeg, D. J. H., Geuskens, G. A., ... van der Beek, A. J. (2019). Health and prolonging working lives: an advisory report of the Health Council of The Netherlands. Scandinavian Journal of Work Environment & Health, 45(5), 514-519. https://doi.org/10.5271/sjweh.3828
van der Mark-Reeuwijk, Kerstin G. ; Weggemans, Rianne M. ; Bültmann, Ute ; Burdorf, Alex ; Deeg, Dorly J.H. ; Geuskens, Goedele A. ; Henkens, Kène C.J.I.M. ; Kant, IJmert ; de Lange, Annet ; Lindeboom, Maarten ; van Rhenen, Willem ; van der Beek, Allard J. / Health and prolonging working lives : an advisory report of the Health Council of The Netherlands. In: Scandinavian Journal of Work Environment & Health. 2019 ; Vol. 45, No. 5. pp. 514-519.
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van der Mark-Reeuwijk, KG, Weggemans, RM, Bültmann, U, Burdorf, A, Deeg, DJH, Geuskens, GA, Henkens, KCJIM, Kant, IJ, de Lange, A, Lindeboom, M, van Rhenen, W & van der Beek, AJ 2019, 'Health and prolonging working lives: an advisory report of the Health Council of The Netherlands', Scandinavian Journal of Work Environment & Health, vol. 45, no. 5, pp. 514-519. https://doi.org/10.5271/sjweh.3828

Health and prolonging working lives : an advisory report of the Health Council of The Netherlands. / van der Mark-Reeuwijk, Kerstin G.; Weggemans, Rianne M.; Bültmann, Ute; Burdorf, Alex; Deeg, Dorly J.H.; Geuskens, Goedele A.; Henkens, Kène C.J.I.M. ; Kant, IJmert; de Lange, Annet; Lindeboom, Maarten; van Rhenen, Willem; van der Beek, Allard J.

In: Scandinavian Journal of Work Environment & Health, Vol. 45, No. 5, 2019, p. 514-519.

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