SHARE Findings Newsletter No. 11 - December 2018
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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.
Descend the career ladder!

The positive impact of switching to a less-demanding job in older age

Researchers Nekola et al. find that descending the career ladder can be a strategy to be more satisfied with your own work: Their study shows that older workers who moved to a occupation with lower-status experienced a reduced level of stress and thus an overall greater satisfaction.
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Caregiving and Working

How providing informal care affects caregivers' employment

Researchers Ciccarelli & Van Soest find that caring for a relative has an impact on informal caregivers' employment status and working hours. This effect is significantly influenced by the frequency of the provided care: While daily caregiving leads to a reduction in the average working hours, weekly or sporadic caregiving have no or only little effect on the caregiver's paid work. An impact that affects women more often than men. >> Read more
Vigorous exercise keeps healthy

Regular high-intensity exercise helps preventing chronic diseases in old age

Older people who practice sports, engage in heavy housework or have a job involving physical labour are less likely to suffer from chronic diseases - as researchers Marques et al. have shown. Their findings hold true for people who engage in vigorous exercises at least once a week. For those who are unable to exercise that often, there are some good news as well: being physically active, even below the recommended levels, still carries beneficial health effects. >> Read more
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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