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State of the Science Conference
September 15-16, 2005

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Who is the Older Worker?

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  1. Who is the Older Worker?
  2. What does the older worker look like?
  3. What is the value of older workers?
  4. What are the health issues that the older worker faces?
  5. More health issues…….
  6. One more time !
  7. Injuries typical of the older worker
  8. More typical injuries……
  9. Safety issues specific to the Older Worker
  10. Safety issues specific to the Older Worker (Cont.)
  11. What do employers need to know?
  12. What options are available to the employer?
  13. How can re-structuring work hours help?
  14. How can re-structuring work hours help? (Cont.)

Slide 1 of 14

Who is the Older Worker?


Slide 2 of 14

What does the older worker look like?


Slide 3 of 14

What is the value of older workers?


Slide 4 of 14

What are the health issues that the older worker faces?


Slide 5 of 14

More health issues…….

  • Our memory shortens and becomes more limited.
  • More difficult to learn new processes and techniques (neurological and psychological).
  • Our reaction times slow down.
  • Our balance becomes poorer
  • Our vision and hearing become poorer

  • Slide 6 of 14

    One more time !


    Slide 7 of 14

    Injuries typical of the older worker


    Slide 8 of 14

    More typical injuries……


    Slide 9 of 14

    Safety issues specific to the Older Worker


    Slide 10 of 14

    Safety issues specific to the Older Worker (Cont.)


    Slide 11 of 14

    What do employers need to know?

    What signs do we look for that would indicate a need to provide an accommodation?

    Slide 12 of 14

    What options are available to the employer?


    Slide 13 of 14

    How can re-structuring work hours help?

  • Minimize work injuries
  • Don’t work if tired, ill, “off”
  • Long weekends to recuperate from heavy workweek
  • Minimize pressure, stress on the employee
  • Gives employee additional control over their employment

  • Slide 14 of 14

    How can re-structuring work hours help? (Cont.)

  • What options are possible?