Older Workers

Older Workers

Compiled by Catherine Reynolds

Topic Page Advisor:
Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Ph.D.

A Sloan Network Fact Sheet on Older Workers (2009)

The Sloan Work and Family Research Network has prepared Fact Sheets which provide statistical answers to some important questions about work-family and work/life issues.

Click here to download the Sloan Network Fact Sheet on older workers: https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/olderworkers.pdf

Family Caregiving and the Older Worker (2009)

Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College. (2009). Family caregiving and the older worker. Retrieved from http://agingandwork.bc.edu/documents/FS02_FamilyCaregiving_2009-12-10.pdf

This fact sheet provides information on the growing trend of older workers who must provide care for a parent, spouse, or dependent child. It explores how financial responsibilities and caretaking duties can adversely affect the older worker’s career--often forcing them to reduce the number of hours they work or drop out of the workforce entirely. 

The Coming Entrepreneurship Boom (2009)

Stangler, D. (2009). The coming entrepreneurship boom. Retrieved from the Kauffman Foundation website: http://www.kauffman.org/uploadedFiles/the-coming-entrepreneurial-boom.pdf

This brief discusses Kauffman Foundation research suggesting a burst of entrepreneurial activity in the near future as the workforce ages.

Click on the link above to access the full-text brief.

Overlooked and Underserved: The Crisis Facing America’s Older Workers

Experience Works. (2009). Overlooked and underserved: The crisis facing America’s older workers. Retrieved from http://www.experienceworks.org/site/DocServer/EW-ExecSummary_09-Final.pdf?docID=10381

Experience Works surveyed 700 employers that provide services for older workers in order to understand the motivations for working longer, the challenges for older workers, perceptions of older workers, and the impact of work on their lives. This brief presents some statistics that represent their findings from this survey.

To access this document, visit http://www.experienceworks.org/site/DocServer/EW-ExecSummary_09-Final.pdf?docID=10381

For more information on Experience Works, visit http://www.experienceworks.org/site/PageServer

The Decline of Career Employment (2008)

“This brief addresses…the decline in career employment, with a fo­cus on men. The first section documents the decline in tenure for older workers and shows that only half of full-time workers age 58-62 are still with their age-50 employer. The second section explores whether this shift from career employment is voluntary or whether older workers are pushed out. The third section documents some of the immediate financial implications of more job switching by older workers. The fourth section concludes.”

Munnell, A.H., & Sass, S.A. (2008). The decline of career employment. Retrieved from http://crr.bc.edu/briefs/the_decline_of_career_employment_14.html

Are Older Men Healthy Enough to Work? (2008)

“This brief uses the National Health Interview Survey to estimate trends in disability-free life expectancy for men at age 50…The final section concludes that the level and dispersion in disability-free life expectancy that we have today may be with us for a long time and that a vulnerable portion of the population -- perhaps those who most need to work longer • might not be able to extend their work lives.”


Generational Differences in Perceptions of Older Workers’ Capabilities (2007)

“The purpose of this brief is to examine the extent to which negative perceptions of older workers persist among intergenerational workers in a contemporary employment setting and to identify how these perceptions affect workers from older generations.” From the Center on Aging & Work/Workplace Flexibility.

To access this brief in PDF format: http://agingandwork.bc.edu/documents/IB12_OlderWorkers%20Capability.pdf

For more information on the Center on Aging & Work/Workplace Flexibility: http://agingandwork.bc.edu

Quality of Employment and Life Satisfaction: A Relationship That Matters for Older Workers (2008)

This Issue Brief offers insights about how employment experiences affect the life satisfaction of older workers. We explore the following questions: Why does employee well-being and life satisfaction matter to employers? What factors affect life satisfaction? Is there a connection between working and life satisfaction? What factors explain variation in the life satisfaction of older workers?” From the Center on Aging & Work/Workplace Flexibility.

To access this brief in PDF format: http://agingandwork.bc.edu/documents/IB13_LifeSatisfaction.pdf

For more information on the Center on Aging & Work/Workplace Flexibility: http://agingandwork.bc.edu

Flexible Work Options: Consulting, Contract Work and Self-Employment (2008)

This fact sheet from the Center on Aging & Work/Workplace Flexibility includes statistics on older workers as self-employed contractor, consultants, or business owners.

To access this fact sheet in PDF format: http://agingandwork.bc.edu/documents/FS13_FlexOptions%20Self-Employ.pdf

For more information on the Center on Aging & Work/Workplace Flexibility: http://agingandwork.bc.edu

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