SHARE Findings Newsletter No. 2 - May 2021
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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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Risky health behaviour and complaince to preventive COVID-19 measures

Study with SHARE data investigates whether individuals with behavioural risk factors are more or less likely to participate in recommended preventive measures
Age in combination with the engagement in behavioural risk factors such as smoking elevate the risk for fatal COVID-19 infection outcomes. Despite their high vulnerability, elderly people with risk factors did not report higher adherences to preventive measures and are even less likely to engage in preventive hygiene measures such as hand-washing. Further, the engagement in multiple risk factors increases the likelihood of non-compliance with preventive hygiene measures. >> Read more

Possible ways out of the pandemic?

A combination of high vaccination rates and a semi-lockdown
may be helpful for further pandemic containment and fatalities’ minimisation

How effective are different vaccination rates and non-pharmaceutical measures in decreasing fatalities during the COVID-19 pandemic? On the example of Greece, researchers demonstrate the impact of different lockdown strategies and vaccination rates. They find that semi-lockdown strategies are most effective to decrease the expected rate of fatalities while reducing the economic and social consequences. Further, high vaccination rates can effectively decrease fatalities. >> Read more

Private care during the pandemic

Challenges of care givers and care recipients in Europe

In Europe, elderly people often rely on care and support from family members. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the amount of caregiving from adult children to parents increased. However, these caregivers also felt increasingly anxious and depressive, which reflects the fact that caregiving became more difficult. Further, one out of five care recipients reported difficulties in receiving care since the outbreak of the pandemic. >> Read more

Keeping physically and mentally fit

Researchers observe a mitigating effect of even moderate physical activity on depression

Low physical activity is a risk factor for depression. However, SHARE-based research found that engaging in moderate physical activities as little as once per week already has a positive impact on physical and psychological health. This does not even have to be sport in a traditional way: the effect can already be measured when doing simple and low-threshold activities such as gardening, doing household chores or taking a walk. >> Read more
About SHARE:
SHARE, the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe, is a research infrastructure for studying the effects of health, social, economic and environmental policies over the life-course of European citizens and beyond. From 2004 until today, 480,000 in-depth interviews with 140,000 people aged 50 or older from 28 European countries and Israel have been conducted. Thus, SHARE is the largest pan-European social science panel study providing internationally comparable longitudinal micro data which allows insights in the fields of public health and socio-economic living conditions of European individuals, both for scientists and policy makers. SHARE has global impact since it not only covers all EU member countries in a strictly harmonized way but additionally is embedded in a network of sister studies all over the world, from the Americas to Eastern Asia. SHARE is centrally coordinated at the Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA), a division of the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, directed by Prof. Dr. h.c. Axel Börsch-Supan, Ph.D. as Managing Director of SHARE-ERIC.
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