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The impact of chronic illness on workforce participation and the need for assistance with household tasks and personal care by older Australians

Yen, Laurann; McRae, Ian; Jeon, Yun-Hee; Essue, Beverley; Herath, Pushpani

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People, along with their families, feel the impact of chronic illness in many areas of their lives. It has been known that those with chronic illness leave the workforce earlier than their peers, have lower incomes and often need additional support to manage their health and lives. However, limited information is available about whether chronic illness is already present prior to retirement, or has developed subsequently. Similarly, we know little about what personal and household assistance is...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorYen, Laurann
dc.contributor.authorMcRae, Ian
dc.contributor.authorJeon, Yun-Hee
dc.contributor.authorEssue, Beverley
dc.contributor.authorHerath, Pushpani
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:49:33Z
dc.date.available2015-12-07T22:49:33Z
dc.identifier.issn1365-2524
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/26814
dc.description.abstractPeople, along with their families, feel the impact of chronic illness in many areas of their lives. It has been known that those with chronic illness leave the workforce earlier than their peers, have lower incomes and often need additional support to manage their health and lives. However, limited information is available about whether chronic illness is already present prior to retirement, or has developed subsequently. Similarly, we know little about what personal and household assistance is needed by people with chronic illness. In this study, a random sample of 10000 members of National Seniors Australia, stratified by age and state of residence, were surveyed by post between August and September 2009 and asked about their chronic illnesses along with their age at diagnosis. In addition, participants were asked about their need for assistance with everyday household tasks and personal care. Responses were received from 4574 respondents, a response rate of 45.7%. Of those responding, 82.2% reported having at least one chronic illness at the time of the survey. The study confirms that ill health leads to earlier retirement from the workforce, and those who are sickest require more assistance with their household tasks and personal care. Each additional chronic illness present at age 50 reduced working life by a year, and each present at age 60 by 0.7years. Diabetes, arthritis and depression were significantly related to earlier retirement. The impact was greatest for both continued workforce participation and need for assistance for those suffering from depression or anxiety. The relationships between health, workforce participation and need for assistance in daily activities are complex. Further research is required to uncover this complexity; nevertheless, the findings highlight the need to review the adequacy of current social and health policy for this particular population.
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
dc.sourceHealth and Social Care in the Community
dc.subjectKeywords: aged; aging; article; Australia; chi square distribution; chronic disease; daily life activity; demography; female; health promotion; health survey; human; male; middle aged; multivariate analysis; occupational health; psychological aspect; social partici Carers; Chronic illness; Older adults; Workforce
dc.titleThe impact of chronic illness on workforce participation and the need for assistance with household tasks and personal care by older Australians
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume19
dc.date.issued2011
local.identifier.absfor111703 - Care for Disabled
local.identifier.absfor111717 - Primary Health Care
local.identifier.ariespublicationu3961986xPUB47
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationYen, Laurann, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationMcRae, Ian, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationJeon, Yun-Hee, University of Sydney
local.contributor.affiliationEssue, Beverley, University of Sydney
local.contributor.affiliationHerath, Pushpani, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue5
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage10
local.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1365-2524.2011.00994.x
local.identifier.absseo970111 - Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T10:21:00Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-79960730909
local.identifier.thomsonID000293123900005
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