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Prolonged working life - increased inequality?
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Lifelong learning/Encell.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4248-0634
2016 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Many countries face aging populations, and this is accompanied by discussions of how people can stay employed later in life. To stay in working life can be a way to support a healthy and active lifestyle. Late life learning is an important part of a prolonged working life and in an earlier study, it was suggested that the main motives for continuing to work and learn were (1) staying active, (2) social contact, and (3) the content of the activity. The motive of staying active, which reflects a desire to stay healthy, might be enhanced with age and is rarely included in discussions about work motivation. In this paper, continued participation in working life will, however, be problematized. People have different opportunities to continue working and learning and the result might be that a prolonged working life will dramatically increase inequality within the older age groups.

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prolonged working life, learning, older adults, lifelong learning
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-30775OAI: diva2:941235
Good Ageing - Better Society, The 23rd Nordic Congress of Gerontology (23 NKG), Tampere, Finland on 19–22 June 2016.
Available from: 2016-06-22 Created: 2016-06-22 Last updated: 2016-06-22

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