Chapter

The older worker

Henry N. Goodall and John Grimley Evans

in Fitness for Work

Fifth edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199643240
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191755668 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199643240.003.0026

Series: Landmark Papers

The older worker

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Throughout the world, populations are ageing, as birth rates fall and people live longer. This ‘demographic transition’ brings about a permanent change in population structure and an increase in the ratio of people traditionally regarded as being of ‘retirement age’ to those traditionally regarded as being of ‘working age’. Both for the productivity of a population and for the funding of pensions and other social benefits, the whole trajectory of working life and the social structures that underpin it have to change to match labour resources to needs. In particular, people in the developed world must expect to continue working to later ages than in the past, a change that has implications both for the employed and for employers. Occupational physicians have an important role to play in making longer working lifetimes possible, productive, and pleasant.

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Subjects: Occupational Medicine ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Occupational Therapy ; Old Age Psychiatry

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