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Medicina y Seguridad del Trabajo

versión On-line ISSN 1989-7790versión impresa ISSN 0465-546X


BLANCO ALVAREZ, Laura María; GONZALEZ ESPINEL, Francisco Javier; MONTALT BARRACHINA, Alejandra  y  OLIVER LOPEZ, Cristina. Active and healthy aging. How to promote it at work?. Med. segur. trab. [online]. 2017, vol.63, n.248, pp.276-288. ISSN 1989-7790.


The aging of the active workforce explains the strong demographic change which is nowadays taking place mainly due to both increasing longevity and decreasing fertility rates. It seems to be a challenge to improve the life quality of the older worker.


To identify and evaluate the modern interventions in the health promotion of the older worker by encouraging an active and healthy aging at the workplace.


A systematic review based on the literature published between 2006-2016 in different scientific databases has been carried out: MEDLINE, SCOPUS, IBECS, LILACS and WOK.


The search produced a total of 63 registers. After applying filters and inclusion and exclusion criteria a total of 8 original articles were selected: 3 cross-sectional studies, 3 randomised controlled studies and 2 non randomised control trials.

Statistically significant results were observed in different health promotion strategies of the older worker improving the workplace activities.


The articles aiming for the maintenance of health, well-being in active aging obtained positive results regarding several health indicators (daily physical activity, food habits, body weight, BMI, etc.). Still, quality longitudinal studies are scarce. There is a clear necessity to generate evidence adjusting the existing programmes according to the age, the predominant pathology in each labour sector and the corresponding cost-effectiveness analysis.

Palabras clave : aging; older worker; health promotion.

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