The Aging Workforce
Challenges and Benefits for the Public's Health

Summary

THE AGING WORKFORCE: Challenges and Benefits for the Public’s Health

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the country’s population aged 65 and over is projected to be more than 83 million in 2050 — almost double the estimated population of 43 million in 2012. This Forum examined how the growing, greying labor force impacts workplaces and economic and health security, including retirement savings efforts and systems such as Social Security and Medicare. The discussion also explored what it means to age productively and healthily, with a particular emphasis on the value of working, volunteering and keeping cognitive skills sharp.

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Presented in Collaboration with The Huffington Post

Background Articles

  • The Forum Moderator

    Welcome all. We are starting in just a few minutes.

  • The Forum Moderator

    We are just a little delayed and expect to start in about 5 minutes. Please stay with us.

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    We’ll begin in 1 minute. Thanks for sticking with us.

  • The Forum Moderator

    Our event has begun. Thanks for joining us!

  • The Forum Moderator

    Lisa Berkman heads the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/population-development/

  • The Forum Moderator

    Our collaborator today is The Huffington Post, and they have posted an article, This Is How Boomers Can Age Successfully, According To The Experts. You can read it here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/experts-reveal-how-boomers-can-age-successfully_us_56bbc0c3e4b0c3c550500b69?wxldte29

  • The Forum Moderator

    This clip is courtesy of Tree of Life Productions.

  • collaborative girl

    Lisa Articulates Very Well……Need Many Options……

  • The Forum Moderator

    Tree of Life Productions has made a multimedia project called Over 50 and Out of Work that collects the stories of older people and the job market. You can learn more here and watch the entire film here: http://overfiftyandoutofwork.com/

  • N It Together

    According to WHO and CDC 50% of deaths are premature and associated primarily with nutrition. How can we change this?

    • The Forum Moderator

      Great question. I think that Fran Grodstein will talk about key lifestyle issues related to healthy aging, including nutrition.

  • The Forum Moderator

    Debra Whitman is chief of public policy at AARP, which has 37 million members. AARP has a section on their website called Working at 50+ here: http://www.aarp.org/work/working-at-50-plus/

  • The Forum Moderator

    Christina Matz-Costa works at the Center on Aging and Work at Boston College: http://www.bc.edu/research/agingandwork/

  • collaborative girl

    There Needs to be a Balance……..Younger and Older Engagement Together……..Educate All Perspectives…..

    • The Forum Moderator

      Thanks for your comments!

  • The Forum Moderator

    Francine Grodstein is an investigator with the Nurses’ Health Study, which is a large study from which many data regarding lifestyle and health have been identified: http://www.channing.harvard.edu/nhs/

  • collaborative girl

    Diet, Exercise, VERY Important as Well as the POWER OF LOVE……

  • GracefulAging

    The despair experienced by out of work men and women as they age carries an important lesson. We need to save more money at all ages. Saving money creates the opportunity to accept different paying jobs as we age.

  • The Forum Moderator

    We will have a brief Q&A towards the end of this event. Post your questions for the panelists here or email them to theforum@hsph.harvard.edu

  • GracefulAging

    A destination we will all travel to is ‘Aging.’ Treat aging as a travel plan. Give this trip as much attention as you would give planning a summer vacation or a cruise or even a camping trip. Planning is fun. When you plan your trip, there are always new possibilities that appear.

    • The Forum Moderator

      A lovely idea. Thanks for sharing it.

  • The Forum Moderator

    Chris Arnold, our moderator, reported the story about the UK enrollment plan, and he wrote a piece that you can read on the NPR site here: http://www.npr.org/2015/10/23/445337261/why-is-it-so-hard-to-save-u-k-shows-it-doesnt-have-to-be

  • GracefulAging

    I believe we need to change the paradigm on aging. Aging is not something to be dreaded. Aging is life’s best option. We need incorporate more fun, optimism, excitement, adventure, and joy that exists as we age. People who plan experience more fun as they age.

  • GracefulAging

    Question to the panelists: If you lost your current job, what would you do?

  • collaborative girl

    Workplace Flexibility Very Important……

  • The Forum Moderator

    We will post the full-length video on this site tomorrow. We also will post the video, as well as clips on YouTube and iTunes U, and the audio will be posted on iTunes and on SoundCloud.

  • salbers

    Is it appropriate to structure American working life with shorter hours and longer years? Right now the average worker has 6 free hours per week after completing basic tasks according to the book “The Overworked American”.

    • collaborative girl

      Everyone Views are Probably Varied………Those PASSIONATE About Their WORK Should be Able to Continue……..

  • collaborative girl

    Workplace Healthy Options are Incentive………Incorporate Activities to Reduce Stress……..

  • GracefulAging

    Question: Who do you believe is the most important audience that should have listened to this well-paced discussion? Is it those who are employed and of advanced age? Is it millennials?

    • collaborative girl

      Believe All Audiences Would Benefit from This Discussion……

  • Michael Carvin

    Question for panel: Following up on family leave becoming more than childcare, what about Boomers balancing caregiving and pressure to remain employed (or employable)? Many aspects to this – can address barriers, technology, corporate culture.

  • MC

    How are we going to teach our population to age well? How are people supposed to pick up these skills?

  • The Forum Moderator

    Thanks all for your great questions. We’re passing them along and hope to get to as many as we can.

  • The Forum Moderator

    Our event is coming to an end. We thank all of you for joining us. We will ask the panelists of they can come to this site later and answer the questions that we were unable to ask during the event.

  • The Forum Moderator

    Join us again on Friday, February 19 at a special time: Noon-1pmET. We will discuss Chemical Exposures and the Brain: The Flint Water Crisis and More. https://theforum.sph.harvard.edu/events/chemical-exposures-and-the-brain/

  • shareyourpeace

    I relate to this question about age discrimination. But I do not really know if I consider it exact discrimination. I believe that there is a demand/supply factor. Too many people applying for too few positions. Over the past 24 months, although my background is in technology, I did many on-line courses and increased my personal knowledge base in Web Development/Software Engineering to fill a need within Web/Mobile/Cloud Applications…. Industry.
    It is extremely difficult to compete !
    To add to this, ‘off the record’, I am now being told that it is a ‘guy culture’ as well.

    Ironically, this morning, an email arrived describing a Volunteer Effort within the Boys & Girls Clubs in the STEAM fields. I’ve contacted them.

    Debra, I am extremely interested in at Risk Youth and your information about 3rd graders – well I would love to spend time doing this. And to help those who do not have English as a first language. Again. Sometimes these ideal ways to contribute are not really that easy to find. I would like to share my experiences.

    All of the speakers. Thank you.

  • The Forum Moderator

    Quick reminder: We will post the on-demand video on this site and on YouTube later this week. Thanks!

  • collaborative girl

    Thank You for this Informative Forum 🙂

  • Audrey Krebs

    Could we get a transcript? Thank you