The pandemic has not only widened the disability employment gap and the age employment gap, but also the gap between those in good and bad employment. Over the first year of the pandemic, we followed 20 older workers with long-term conditions to find out how they fared, and how their work did (or didn’t) adapt. This research – conducted by the Institute of Employment Studies – indicates that employers who were already supportive of workers’ health stepped up during the crisis. But those who were not supportive continued to fail – to the detriment of already-vulnerable employees.
Join this webinar as we explore the importance of health, work and ageing, and what employers and government need to do to ensure that all employees are supported at work.
Chair: Alison Giles, Associate Director for Healthy Ageing, Centre for Ageing Better
Amy McSweeney, Evidence Officer, Centre for Ageing Better
Angela Matthews, Head of Policy and Research, Business Disability Forum
Stephen Bevan, Head of HR research development, Institute for Employment Studies (IES)
The decade of healthy ageing? About the series
The UN's Decade on Healthy Ageing launches this year marking a decade of global action to improve the lives of older people, their families, and the communities in which they live. The Consensus Statement on Healthy Ageing, published by Ageing Better and Public Health England sets out a shared vision for making England the best place in the world to grow old. Signatories span the areas of health, employment, housing and communities, and are from academia, local government, the NHS, and the public and voluntary sectors. To date we have over 100 organisations signed up to the Statement’s five principles, which are:
Putting prevention first and ensuring timely access to services and support when needed
Removing barriers and creating more opportunities for older adults to contribute to society
Ensuring good homes and communities
Challenging ageist and negative language, culture and practices
The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the Statement’s five principles into sharp relief. We want to support signatories to go further and faster and take meaningful action to promote healthy ageing and tackle inequalities.
In collaboration with Public Health England, we are running a series of webinars that explores each of the Statement’s five principles, the implications of the COVID pandemic, the key issues and lessons learned, followed by presentations from organisations that have implemented actions to address healthy ageing. Members of the UK Network of Age-friendly Communities will add local perspectives to the discussions.