Challenges and Opportunities
Edited by Ronald J. Burke, Cary Cooper and Alexander-Stamatios Antoniou
Chapter 12: Meeting the needs of an older population and an aging workforce
This chapter reviews research and writing on age and aging with specific implications for individuals, families, organizations, and societies more generally. Aging is a process of change in biological, psychological and social functioning over time. These types of changes in functioning over time are only weakly linked to chronological age however. The chapter considers the needs of an aging societal population and older workforce, issues faced by older workers, and the implications these raise for individuals, families, workplaces, and societies as a whole. Thus some of the content deals with an aging population that may no longer be in the workforce. The first half of this chapter considers the needs of older women and men in the workforce or aspiring to re-enter the workforce, while the second half looks at issues related to older women and men more generally. It addresses the following topics: new patterns of late-career employment, the sandwich generation, lifestyles and longevity, Alzheimer’s and dementia, special concerns of the aged (e.g., health, safety, functioning in a high-tech world), volunteering activities, a healthy retirement, and new views on aging and age states – the years between 50 and 80.
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