PRODUCTIVE AGING AND WORK
Today, one in every five American workers is over 65, and in 2020, one in four American workers will be over 55, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Although there is no consensus on the age at which workers are considered “older workers,” the aging workforce phenomenon is real. These demographic shifts have made the issue of healthier workers, especially those of advanced age, much more pressing. Aging is a relevant process experienced by all workers throughout their life. Vital to any workplace is the safety, health and well-being of workers, from their first day on the job to their last.1
National Center for Productive Aging and Work (NCPAW)
The National Center for Productive Aging and Work (NCPAW) advances lifelong well-being for workers of all ages and supports a productive aging across the working life. The Center continues to work on such important issues as how organizations are addressing the needs of an aging workforce and identifying interventions and strategies to support both workers of all age groups and organizations that employ them. The Center is hosted by the NIOSH Office for Total Worker Health® .
News and Highlights
- Healthy Workplaces for All Ages 2016-17 campaign launched by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) features practical tools and information about the aging European workforce.
- NCPAW in FY 17 will begin work in developing dissemination products to prevent WMSDs in construction workers across age groups.
- Older Drivers in the Workplace: A NIOSH fact sheet for both workers and employers that provides practical recommendations for crash prevention.
- Falls Among Persons Aged ≥65 Years With and Without Severe Vision Impairment: New Morbidity and Mortality Report (MMWR) article on state-level prevalence of falls among older persons with vision impairment.
- Spring 2016 issue of the Society for Occupational Health Psychology (SOHP) Newsletter: The SOHP Newsletter featured an article about NCPAW on their newest issue.
- Designing the Age Friendly Workplace: A website with practical tools, insightful videos, and digital stories for helping organizations take action in preparing for the aging workforce.
- Age Awareness Training for Miners: Comprehensive NIOSH training curriculum focusing on the mining sector, with relevance and useful information for any sector with an aging workforce.
- 2015 White House Conference on Aging: Highlights include President Obama’s address, video timeline of conference, information about regional forums, and policy briefs.
- NIOSH Youth@Work-Talking Safety curriculum: A step-by-step training guide to teach young workers about job safety and health.
- What happens when older workers experience unemployment?: A Monthly Labor Review article that examines the impact of unemployment on the health and longevity of older workers.
Productive Aging and Work Resources
- Page last reviewed: September 11, 2015
- Page last updated: May 12, 2016
- Content source:
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division