Table 1

Individual characteristics, lifestyle factors, health status and work characteristics among 4611 employed persons aged 50–63 years in 11 European countries during the first wave of the Survey on Health and Ageing in Europe (SHARE)

Employed (N=4611), % (n)
Individual characteristics
 Female45% (2088)
 Aged 50–54 years48% (2224)
 Aged 55–59 years40% (1826)
 Aged 60–63 years12% (561)
 Education
  Low31% (1443)
  Intermediate33% (1513)
  High36% (1655)
 Without a partner20% (937)
Lifestyle factors
 BMI <25 kg/m244% (2011)
  25–30 kg/m241% (1910)
  ≥30 kg/m215% (690)
 Current smoker27% (1252)
 Problematic alcohol use14% (664)
 Lack of leisure time physical activity56% (2561)
Work related factors
 High time pressure at work (1/0)56% (2567)
 High physical work demands (1/0)46% (2138)
 Lack of job control (1/0)57% (2622)
 Effort–reward imbalance at work (1/0)33% (1531)
Perceived health
 Very good32% (1475)
 Good51% (2343)
 Fair15% (708)
 (Very) bad2% (85)
Chronic disease (1/0)25% (1130)
Mobility problems (1/0)28% (1287)
Instrumental limitations in daily activities (1/0)4% (170)