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Recommendations on Healthy Aging in the Workforce

Listed here are key findings from meetings of experts in the fields of aging, health, and workplace safety about the issues affecting older workers today, as well as current needs and barriers. This section also includes future directions for research or program development.

Advancing Workplace Health Protection and Promotion for an Aging Workforce
This 2013 report published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine explores issues related to the aging workforce, including barriers to integrating health protection and health promotion programs, and provides recommendations for best practices to maximize contributions by aging workers.

National Academies of Sciences Report on Older Workers: Health and Safety Needs of Older Workers
This comprehensive report on the aging workforce was funded by NIOSH, NIA, and EPA--and conducted in 2004 by the National Research Council, examining physical, psychological and social factors in aging workers and current knowledge about their health and safety needs.

Healthy Aging for a Sustainable Workforce
A 2009 conference report focusing on developments and progress since the 2004 National Research Council report on health and safety needs of older workers. This follow-up meeting was funded/supported by: Society for Occupational and Environmental Health, the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics, the Center for Construction Research and Training, Veterans Association, and NIOSH.

Health and Safety Issues in an Aging Workforce
A research-based report from AARP that addresses work limitations, absence, and ways to boost worker well-being.

Growing Older in America: The Health and Retirement Study
A publication by the National Institute on Aging presenting a wide range of information on the health, safety, and employment activities of older Americans. Report is based on data from the Health and Retirement Study, a nationally representative survey of over 20,000 older adults

Some Best Practices and Strategies for Engaging and Retaining Older Workers
U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report, published in February 2007, on a testimony that highlights issues discussed in a forum GAO convened on engaging and retaining older workers

Guidelines on Healthy Aging in the Workplace

The following section contains practice-based resources for the employer or practitioner providing examples of training programs and workplace considerations to best promote and support healthy aging.

NIOSH Age Awareness Training for Miners
A comprehensive approach to health and safety training developed by NIOSH researchers for both employees and supervisors in the mining industry. Many of the training materials and prevention ideas are relevant to other industries, as well.

Older Drivers in the Workplace: Crash Prevention for Employers and Workers
A two-page NIOSH fact sheet on older drivers with suggestions for prevention and an analysis of work-related crashes.

Designing the Age-Friendly Workplace, University of Washington
A website that describes an innovative training program for both managers and employees on designing an “age-friendly” workplace, developed by the University of Washington, with support from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries.

Safety and Health: A Guide to Managing an Aging Workforce
A practical guide developed by WORKSAFE Alberta that outlines how employers, managers, and supervisors can adapt workplaces, tools and procedures to deal with age-related changes.

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