Over the course of two years, Averi Olson, OTD partnered with UMASH to address the occupational strengths and risks of aging on the farm.
The average age of farmers is approaching 60. Many continue to live and work on the farm well beyond typical retirement age. Agriculture, as a profession, has more mostly “older workers” than any other profession or industry. In addition, the agricultural industry ranks as one of the most hazardous.
UMASH hosted two regional forums to engage community members, human service and health related organizations seeking input on these questions:
How as a community can we support the health and safety of aging farmers, and farm families? What are the challenges? What are the opportunities?
To build upon the ideas generated in the Aging on the Farm Community Forum, UMASH invited partnership proposals that would address forum themes and build partnerships in the region to respond to the needs. Four proposals were selected to partner with UMASH.
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