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Older farmers' prevalence, capital, health, age-related limitations, and adaptations.

Authors
Cole-HP; Donovan-TA
Source
J Agromed 2008 Apr-Jun; 13(2):81-94
NIOSHTIC No.
20039636
Abstract
A major reduction in the proportion of older farmers in the farm population has been predicted for nearly 50 years. Not only has the proportion of older farmers increased but the proportion of younger farmers has decreased dramatically. In 2002, principal operators age greater or equal to 65 years of age comprised 26.2 percent of US farmers. These older farmers and farm landlords combined owned 34 percent of all farm assets. In addition to their economic capital, older farmers have large stocks of social and cultural capital that contribute to their communities and the nation. A large majority of older people in the US population, and older farmers in particular, remain healthy and active. All older adults experience normal age-related deficits in sensory, motor, and cognitive functioning. However, age-related adaptations of healthy older adults, including their experience and compensatory behavioral and information processing strategies, minimize many age-related deficits. These factors allow perhaps 80 percent or more of older farmers to continue working safely and productively well past typical retirement age.
Keywords
Agriculture; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Farmers; Age-factors; Age-groups; Lifespan; Work-practices; Worker-health; Work-capacity; Author Keywords: Farmers; aging; capital; health; injury
Contact
Henry P. Cole, EdD, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention, 1141 Red Mile Road, Suite 102, Lexington, KY 40504-9842 USA
Publication Date
20080401
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
hcole@uky.edu
Funding Type
Agriculture; Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U50-OH-007547
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
1059-924X
Source Name
Journal of Agromedicine
State
KY
Performing Organization
University of Kentucky
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