SHARE Findings Newsletter No. 1 - March 2019
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SHARE Findings Newsletter


This newsletter informs about selected new research findings based on data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE).

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Please enjoy reading our SHARE Findings Newsletter.
Exit from working life due to depression?

Individual and work factors influence job-related consequences of depression

Almost a fifth of disability benefits are attributed to depressive symptoms - as researchers from the Erasmus University show. The scientists investigate the conditions under which people from eleven European countries stop working due to their mental illness. Their results demonstrate: the risk of losing paid work varies between gender and regions. >> Read more
Happy volunteering

The effects of voluntary work on life satisfaction in midlife and old age

Volunteering contributes to life satisfaction. Based on SHARE data, researchers Hansen et al. show that becoming and having been a volunteer are all linked to greater life satisfaction. Yet the causal mechanism remains unclear, as volunteering might be selective of individuals who already have high well-being. >> Read more
Education may slow down cognitive decline

The association between education and cognitive impairment in Denmark

Scientific research has shown a link between higher education and lower risk of dementia in later life. Yet there is still uncertainty about the specific influence of education. Foverskov et al. fill this gap by accounting for other factors like early-life intelligence. Their findings suggest that higher education may slow cognitive decline in later life.
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About SHARE:
SHARE, the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe is a multidisciplinary and cross-national panel database of micro data on health, socio-economic status and social and family networks of more than 120,000 individuals (approximately 297,000 interviews) from 27 European countries and Israel aged 50 or older. The data are available to the entire research community free of charge.
SHARE responds to a Communication by the European Commission calling to "examine the possibility of establishing, in co-operation with Member States, a European Longitudinal Ageing Survey". SHARE has become a major pillar of the European Research Area, selected as one of the projects to be implemented in the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) in 2006 and given a new legal status as the first ever European Research Infrastructure Consortium (SHARE-ERIC) in March 2011. SHARE is centrally coordinated by Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan, Ph.D. at the Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA), Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy.
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