Welcome to the Health and Employment After Fifty (HEAF) Study website. This internationally-recognised cohort study began in 2013 and the main aim of the investigation is to find out whether working to older ages is good or bad for health and how often health affects people’s ability to work in different types of job at older ages. This website provides more information about this important study and highlights some of our key findings so far.
INTRODUCTION TO THE HEAF STUDY
People in Britain are living for longer, and an increasing number of older people are working past the traditional retirement age. The HEAF study findings will be used to inform government departments (such as the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health) and also to advise employers about what can and cannot be expected from older workers.
HEAF STUDY PARTICIPANTS
Back in 2013, men and women aged 50-64 years of age from 24 general practices across England were invited to take part in the HEAF study. Participants were asked to complete a detailed questionnaire that asked about employment status, physical and psychological health, financial circumstances, plans for retirement, and leisure and social activities. We are interested in all participants whatever their individual employment circumstances, whether: employed, self-employed, unemployed, retired, volunteering, or caring for someone (often more than one of these options).
We are extremely grateful to our study participants who have completed further questionnaires each year and who have made the HEAF study such a success. Indeed, over 75% of participants are still enrolled in the study and without their support and help, it just would not be possible for this vital research to take place.
DON’T LOSE TOUCH!
Are you a HEAF participant and moving house? Then please let us know!
If you are changing address, please get in touch and let us know your new contact details :-
telephone: 023 80777624