Monday, 24 February 2014

Working beyond 65—what’s realistic? The influence of health on longer working lives

This report from the National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre explores the relationship between health and remaining in the workforce past the age of 65 in Australia. It shows that people in good health are almost twice as likely to be employed as those with a chronic health condition. The report also finds that 80% of people working with a chronic health condition earn $500 or less per week, compared to 54% of those without a health condition. The most common conditions affecting people in this age group are arthritis and related disorders, hypertension, back problems, diabetes and heart disease. A concerning finding from the study is that many employed people with a chronic health condition believe that the income they earn is not enough to allow them to retire.

Working beyond 65—what's realistic? The influence of health on longer working lives was written by D Schofield, E. Callander, S. Kelly and R. Shrestha for the NSPAC.

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