Ageing EuropeBMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7115.1103 (Published 25 October 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1103
- Michael Gordon, head, Geriatric and Internal Medicine
- Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, North York, Ontario, Canada
Alan Walker, Tony Maltby Open University Press, £14.99, pp 160 ISBN 0 335 19746 9
This book focuses on how social and economic policies affect older people, relying on data collected for the European Commission.
The section on employment and older workers should interest doctors and policy makers, as many older patients will be struggling with the social and financial implications of no longer having a job. People are retiring earlier—either through choice or redundancy. Despite initiatives to secure older workers' access to work, many employers discriminate against them. And fewer guarantees exist than in the past to protect older employees as the industrial world reduces its workforce. While older workers are acknowledged as teachable, dependable, and reliable, they are finding it increasingly difficult to remain in work.