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Designing the Age Friendly Workplace

With more older workers on the job, how do we design "age friendly" workplaces?


It may come as no surprise that more and more workers are delaying retirement and staying on the job past the traditional retirement age of 65. In fact, in the coming decades, we'll see more workers in their sixties, seventies and eighties than we ever have before. There are a complex set of forces compelling people to work later in life. So if we'll have more older people working (which we know we will), how do we ensure that their job demands are suited to their physical abilities? How do we ensure safe and healthful working conditions for these (potentially) vulnerable workers? 

The Mountain & Plains ERC worked with its sister organization at the University of Washington (the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety) to identify the best practices for designing "age friendly" workplaces that promote safe and healthful work throughout employees' lives.​

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