Productive Aging and Work Tools & Resources

Here you will find resources, guidance, and tools for creating more age-friendly workplaces. This section also includes future directions for research or program development provided by NIOSH and partner agencies.

NIOSH and CDC Resources on Productive Aging and Work

Broadening the View of Workplace Ageism
Commentary on the need to expand the perspective to examine workplace ageism and its negative impact.

Understanding Workplace Ageism
Learn more about workplace ageism and its consequences in this NIOSH Science Blog.

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. The focus of training is to promote the safety and health of workers by matching the demands of the job to worker capabilities.

NIOSH Youth@Work-Talking Safety curriculum
A step-by-step training guide to teach young workers about job safety and health. The curriculum can be used in a classroom or other group setting, and has been customized for each state, Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., and the U.S Virgin Islands.

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 analysis of work-related crashes.

CDC Program on Healthy Aging
A program within CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion that focuses on promoting the health and quality of life of older Americans.

Falls Among Persons Aged ≥65 Years With and Without Severe Vision Impairment

A Morbidity and Mortality Report (MMWR) article on state-level prevalence of falls among older persons with vision impairment.

2011 MMWR article on non-fatal injuries among older workers
An article in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) that presents an analysis of non-fatal injury data from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII), a survey conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Aging Workers at Higher Risk of Death, Severe Injury, Conference Report Suggests Ways to Keep Workers Healthy and Productive
A summary of issues discussed at the 2009 Healthy Aging for Workers conference.

A Framework for Productive Aging and Work
NIOSH Science Blog on the NCPAW framework for productive aging and work.

Click here to find all NIOSH Science Blogs related to productive aging.

Select Resources from Partners and Other Organizations

WHO’s work on the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing (2021-2030)
The United Nations Decade of Healthy Aging (2021-2030) is a global collaboration to improve the lives of older people, their families, and the communities in which they live.

Understanding the Aging Workforce and Employment at Older Ages | National Academies
This report focuses on the individual-level human capital and demographic characteristics associated with decisions to continue working at older ages, the experience of working at older ages, as well as the social and structural factors that inhibit or enable employment among these workers.

Are Generational Categories Meaningful Distinctions for Workforce Management? |The National Academies Press
This 2020 report reviews the state and rigor of the empirical work related to generations and assesses whether generational categories are meaningful in tackling workforce management problems. This report makes recommendations for directions for future research and improvements to employment practices.

Total Worker Health® Trends: Expert Webinar Series – Supporting Aging Workers: Overcoming Workplace Ageism Webinar
Guest Speaker, Gretchen (Gigi) Petery, Ph.D. discussed examples of common and socially acceptable ageist beliefs. She also examined the consequences of workplace ageism to workers, to organizations, and to society along with management strategies for combatting ageism.

2015 White House Conference on Aging
Provides a recap of the White House Conference on Aging, which featured remarks from President Obama, the announcement of key deliverables, the blog, and highlights from the panels.

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.

The Healthy Workplaces for All Ages campaign launched by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) features practical tools and information about the aging European workforce

Administration for Community Living
The federal focal point and advocate agency for older persons and their concerns.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
The main federal agency for labor economics and statistics regarding the workforce.

Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics
The federal agency dedicated to improving the quality and use of aging-related data.

National Institute on Aging
Conducts and supports research on biomedical, social, and behavioral issues of older people.