ILC-UK/Actuarial Profession Joint Debate- Older workers, health and employment, kindly supported by Sanofi Pasteur MSD
by ILC- UK, Research at ILC-UK on Nov 24, 2011
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16:00, 22 November 2011...
16:00, 22 November 2011
A debate considering the health and employment of older workers.
This event is kindly supported by Sanofi Pasteur MSD.
Demographic change means that many organisations now employ greater numbers of older workers. Many of these older workers will carry on working for longer than employees in recent decades for a variety of reasons including rising state pension age, the scrapping of the default retirement age, financial necessity, or simply wanting to continue working.
By many measures, today’s older workers are healthier than in the past - some would even call them “younger” as they retain an active life for longer. However, many chronic health problems such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and musculoskeletal conditions are more likely to be experienced by older people. While some believe that older workers suffer more ill-health than their younger counterparts, others says older workers take less time off because they are more conscientious and do not call in sick after a night out.
Many of the health problems that older workers suffer can be prevented or managed, but doing so requires a comprehensive approach that involves many actors including the NHS, health professionals, employers and older workers themselves.
The questions that will be considered during the debate include:
* Do older workers take more or less sick leave than their younger counterparts?
* What kind of health problems commonly lead to older workers taking sick leave or exiting the workforce early?
* What government policies exist to help support older workers who experience health problems?
* What interventions or innovations can minimise or prevent ill health amongst older workers?
The draft schedule for this event is as follows:
16.00 – 16.30 Registration and refreshments
16:30 – 16.35 Welcome and introduction from chair Baroness Sally Greengross, Chief Executive, International Longevity Centre – UK.
16.35 – 17.05 Keynote speech on trends in the health of older workers, Dame Carol Black, Department of Work and Pensions
17.05 – 17.20 "Case study: Shingles and the older worker", Dr Robert Johnson, University of Bristol
17.20 - 17.30 TBC, Chris Ball, The Age and Employment Network (TAEN)
17.30 – 18.30 Panel debate with speakers and panellists (Russell Turner, Marks and Spencer and Dr Ross Wilkie, Keele University) and questions from the audience.
18.30 Close and drinks
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