Productive Aging and Work: Creating an Age-Friendly Workplace - Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety Education and Research Center

Productive Aging and Work: Creating an Age-Friendly Workplace


1:30pm - 3:00pm

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the 2020 NORA Symposium will be held online via ZOOM.

1:30pm - 3:00pm Central

The U.S. workforce is going through a major demographic shift. Over the coming decade, workers 55 years and older are expected to make up an increasingly larger percentage of the workforce, while the percentage of workers in younger age groups is expected to decline or remain flat. This unprecedented change in age structure will affect virtually all sectors of the economy and has profound implications for the field of occupational safety and health. 

This FREE presentation explores the concept of productive aging, which involves providing a safe and healthy work environment for workers of all ages.  The presentation will provide an overview of current demographic trends, examine how occupational safety and health outcomes change with age, describe NIOSH research priorities on productive aging, and apply a goal setting framework to identify and plan strategies for designing an age-friendly workplace.


James Grosch, PhD
Senior Research Psychologist
Co-Director, Center for Productive Aging and Work

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

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