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.