NCPAW Spotlight

A recording of the Productive Aging and Work Webinar, Overlapping Vulnerabilities in the Aging Workforce is now available hereExternalexternal icon. The objective of the webinar was to explore from three complementing views how social and economic factors can influence the occupational safety and health experience of aging workers.


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

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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® .

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  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Volume 55 May 2013
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