2020 NORA Online Symposium
April 30, 2020
The 2020 National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Online Symposium was held via online webinar on April 30, 2020. The theme for the symposium was “Productive Aging and Work: Creating an Age-friendly Workplace” and featured Dr. James Grosch (Co-Director of NIOSH’s Center for Productive Aging and Work).
Dr. Grosch engaged online participation and included practical tips, planning tools and resources for business and organizations. He highlighted real world examples of employers implementing age-friendly changes that were cost-effective, and had significant results. One such example was a BMW factory which retrofitted the plant to accommodate older workers.
- Describing current demographic trends and health outcomes associated with an aging workforce.
- Defining “productive aging” and describing how it is relevant workers of all age groups.
- Applying the components of the work ability model to setting goals for meeting the needs of aging workers.
- Identifying and explaining at least three strategies that can be incorporated into the workplace in order to create a more age-friendly environment.
The online setting offered a greater reach and diversity of participants from across the country. Nearly 150 participants attended the online forum from various states and disciplines including academia, health care, government agencies, businesses (insurance, human resources) and nonprofits.
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The NORA Symposium was co-sponsored by the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety Education and Research Center (MCOHS) and the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH).