Sustainable Work Ability and Aging

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February 2020
258 pages
  • ISBN978-3-03928-064-3 (Paperback)
  • ISBN978-3-03928-065-0 (PDF)

This book is a reprint of the Special Issue Sustainable Work Ability and Aging that was published in

Environmental & Earth Sciences
Medicine & Pharmacology
Public Health & Healthcare
In many industrialized countries, there is a sharp increase of the aging population due to a decrease in fertility rate and an increase in life expectancy. Due to which, the age dependency ratio rises and may cause increased economic burden among working age population. One strategy to combat this problem is to prolong peoples working career. A sufficient work ability is a requirement for a sustainable and prolonged employment. Work ability is primarily a question of balance between work and personal resources. Personal resources change with age, whereas work demands may not change parallel to that, or only change due to globalization or new technology. Work ability, on average, decreases with age, although several different work ability pathways exist during the life course. Work-related factors, as well as general lifestyle, may explain the declines and improvements in work ability during aging. A sustainable work ability throughout the life course is a main incentive for a prolonged working career and a healthy aging. Work ability and work-related factors, are therefore important occupational and public health issues when the age of the population increases. This Special Issue, “Sustainable Work Ability and Aging”, includes in all 16 original articles and one opinion paper, organized in three sections. The research topics cover   wide aspects of work ability, from determinants, older employee´s coping with their work, methodological issues as well as results of interventions on promoting work ability.
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group identification; older workers; job performance; psychological capital; self-efficacy; age difference; exhaustion; well-being; work stress; work environment; stress; occupational health; intervention; burnout; well-being; job resources; job demands; burnout; occupational turnover intention; JD-R model; longitudinal approach; Dutch nurses; age; occupational cohort; register-based; work disability; sedentary; physical heaviness; prospective; e-health; health promotion; prevention; sustainable employment; work ability; stress; social status; aging workforces; health; intermediate outcomes; sustainable employment; occupational health; work ability; aging; short-form validation; need for recovery; criterion validity; construct validity; content validity; responsiveness; work ability; work environment; physical hazards; psychosocial hazards; multisite pain; musculoskeletal pain; trajectories; intention to retire; work ability; ageing workers; work wellbeing; psychosocial work exposures; perceived work ability; meaningfulness of work; perceived fit with current job; future-orientedness of the job; sustainable careers; age; work ability index (WAI); work ability concept; intervention research; knowing–doing gap; implementation; healthy aging; work; occupational stress; occupational health; socioeconomic factors; data accuracy; demography; work ability; life course; aging; longitudinal studies; prolonged work career; healthcare worker; work ability; work ability index; WAI; measurement; occupational health; occupational epidemiology; WAI; municipal workers; prospective study; COPSOQ II; predictive factors; predictors; voluntary; involuntary; workforce transitions; mature ages; Australia

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