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Women's health in later life: the combination of work and family care across the life-course

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It has been long recognised that the individual life course has a significant impact upon both mental and physical health in later life. Furthermore, research has indicated that an individual’s employment and family obligations are strongly associated with health and wellbeing across one’s life.

With a focus on women, I will present how specific combinations of employment and domestic duties over the life course are associated with variations in women’s health at the time of retirement. I will also show the differences of this relationship in four European welfare states.

About the Speaker

Dr Sara Zella, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing

Sara joined the Institute in 2016 to work with Professor Sarah Harper on the research project “The impact of different work/care life courses on women’s wellbeing and quality of life in early retirement and the welfare regimes which help shape this”. Using comparative and longitudinal approach, this project aims to explore the relationship between previous employment history and the quality of life during the early years of female retirement.

Sara previously worked in Switzerland (University of Lausanne and The Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences - FORS) and in Canada (University of Lethbridge), where she investigated the association between life events, health and wellbeing of adults with life course perspective.

Sara’s current research interests extend to the areas of wellbeing, gender, inequality and longitudinal analysis, and cover a range of topics such as health, work career, family forms and family formation.


This event is part of a seminar series:

Michaelmas 2019 Seminar Series: Older Women’s Health

The Oxford Institute of Population Ageing and The George Institute for Global Health, at the Nuffield Department of Women’s and Reproductive Health are hosting a joint seminar series on Older Women’s Health, linked to two new initiatives at the University of Oxford – the Ageing Research Collaborative Hub @ Oxford and the Women’s Health @ Oxford Conveners: Professor S...

Event Details

23 October 2019 17:00 - 18:30

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