Along with the population as a whole, the labor force is aging. Even without a concerted effort on the part of policymakers or employers to promote longer worklives, the number of middle-aged and older persons in the labor force will continue to grow. Though there seems to be little indication that employers are worried about the impact that a rise in the number of workers with chronic health conditions might have on performance, concerns about the health costs of an aging workforce have emerged in some employer surveys.
In this AARP Public Policy Institute issue brief, Sara E. Rix examines some of the health and safety issues that might confront businesses employing growing numbers of older workers, and explores mitigating measures employers can take to prevent problems. (16 pages)