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Elderly keep working despite health issues

The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) shows that many inhabitants of Estonia are still working at an advanced age, but the elderly have poor health and and low digital literacy skills.

Estonian labor market continues to be characterized by high employment rate of the elderly - over 20 percent of all 65-74-year-olds still work, an evidence of Estonia's flexible pension scheme.

However, there is a contradiction between high working age and poor health indicators. Estonia stands out for a high number of people with limited physical capacity in all age groups, very few of the elderly have no health complaints, and the life expectancy of men is much lower than that of women.

The survey results also reveal that although Estonia boast being an e-nation, people of 50 years or older lack computer skills. In the 50-64 age group, 10 percent have never used a computer in their life. This is the second worst result among the 16 participating countries. The percentage is even higher in older age groups. This means that today the e-services are not actually reaching the people they could benefit the most.

The results are based on the second round of SHARE in Estonia and fifth in Europe. The next round of the survey will start in May, when Statistics Estonia will poll over 7,000 people aged 50 or over about their health, employment/retirement, socio-economic status, and social and family networks. In total, the sixth round will involve more than 85,000 individuals from 20 European countries and Israel.

Editor: M. Oll

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