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Health, work, and safety of farmers ages 50 and older.

Authors
Amshoff-SK; Reed-DB
Source
Geriatr Nurs 2005 Sep-Oct; 26(5):304-308
NIOSHTIC No.
20028786
Abstract
Over half of America's 1.9 million farms are operated by persons over age 55. Farming is one of the most dangerous occupations in the nation; the oldest age group in farming suffers disproportionately high mortality and morbidity rates. Results from this study indicate that farmers may have unique perspectives of health and the role that work plays in their health outcomes. Despite the perceived positive attributes of farm work, the nature of the work performed by this sample of 725 farmers indicates the continued performance of tasks that place them at high risk for injury. Because of the contextual nature of farm life, work modification counseling may be more beneficial for the aging farmer than abstinence from work. Examples are provided.
Keywords
Farmers; Agriculture; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-industry; Occupational-health; Demographic-characteristics; Age-factors; Age-groups; Mortality-rates; Mortality-data; Morbidity-rates; Risk-factors; Risk-analysis
Publication Date
20050901
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-004157
Issue of Publication
5
ISSN
0197-4572
Source Name
Geriatric Nursing
State
KY
Performing Organization
University of Kentucky
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