Promoting employment opportunities for older adults: Opportunities and chanllenges for human factor engineering
Current demographic trends underscore the need to focus increased attention on the topic of aging and work. By the year 2030, the number of people aged 65+ years will represent 18% of the population, at the same time that the population of the overall workforce is aging. It is estimated that the annual growth rate of workers over the age of 55 will increase by approximately 4% by 2006. Further, given that people are living longer many older adults are choosing to work longer or rejoin the labor force in pursuit of second career. Thus, this is a need to develop strategies to successfully integrate older people into employment settings. The development of these types of strategies is a natural application area for Human Factors Engineering. This paper will discuss the implications of the aging process for work activities. Potential areas of needed research within the areas of Human Factors will be outlined.