Summary of Publication
Older workers often experience career-altering disabilities that can affect their economic security as they near retirement.
- People age 50+ are more than three times as likely as younger people to report having a disability. Based on data from the American Community Survey, 25% of people age 50+ experienced disabilities in 2012, compared with 7 percent of younger adults.
- At ages 50-64, adults with disabilities are less than half as likely to be employed as those without disabilities.
- People ages 50-64 with disabilities are much more likely to have low incomes than those without disabilities. Being employed significantly narrows the gap.
Read the full report: Disability and Employment (PDF)