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Civic participation and employment

One of the eight domains of age-friendly

An age-friendly community provides options for people in later life to contribute back to it.

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WHO uses anecdotal evidence to recommend that age-friendly communities could help keep older people engaged in paid or unpaid work through processes including better transport to the workplace, accessibility and increased employer flexibility.

Why is this important?

Good quality volunteering in later life has a measurable positive impact on mental health. And paid work can have a positive impact on wellbeing as well as finances. Yet the opportunities for this diminishes with age: 72.3% of people aged 50-64 are in work, compared to 85% of people aged 25-49.

Evidence

Fulfilling work: What do older workers value about work and why?
An evidence briefing by the Centre for Ageing Better that identifies the characteristics of work that are important to people aged 50 and over, and explores actions employers can take to attract and retain them.

Guide to making the most of volunteers' talents: Age-friendly and inclusive volunteering
The Centre for Ageing Better’s Age-Friendly and Inclusive Volunteering guide sets out key principles to avoid missing out on the talents of people in later life.

UK Resources

Age-friendly Employers
The older workforce is already a reality. This guide sets out five simple actions that employers can take now to improve the way they recruit, support and retain older workers.

Golden Age Pensioners
The WRVS commissioned independent economists SQW to do an in-depth study to spotlight older people's social and economic contribution to the UK.

International Resources

Growing the Silver Economy in Europe
The Smart Silver Economy project website is funded by the European Union. Its partners – Technopolis Group, Oxford Economics and Cbased – are working with the European Commission in order to answer several important questions about the Silver Economy in Europe.

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Staying connected with events and people and getting timely, practical information to manage life and meet personal needs is vital for active ageing.