HEALTHY AGING AT WORK
Data and Statistics
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of workers aged 65 or older has grown by 101% in a span of 30 years, while employment of individuals 75 years or older has increased by 172%:
This influx of workers aged 65 or older accompanies a shift in the type of work schedule most commonly used. Older workers are employed in full time, rather than part-time jobs.
Frequency of occupational injuries overall decreases with advancing age; however, those injuries that do occur are more likely to be fatal for those who are older, and jumps most dramatically around age 60.
* Fatal injuries: rate per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers; Nonfatal injuries: rate per 1,000 full-time equivalent workers.
Source: National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEIS-Work), United States, 2004; and Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, United States, 2005.
Additional data on the health of aging adults in America can be accessed via the Healthy Aging Data Portfolio at
http://www.cdc.gov/aging/data/index.htm, which provides easy, searchable access to CDC data on key indicators of well-being, screenings and vaccinations, and mental health among older adults.
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