With age comes wisdom but also an increased risk of injury. Creating an age-friendly workplace was the focus of this year’s National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Online Symposium, hosted by UMASH and the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety Education and Research Center (MCOHS). Presenters included Dr. James Grosch (Co-Director of NIOSH’s Center for Productive Aging and Work) and Dr. Jeff Bender (Director of UMASH).
The presentation explored the concept of productive aging, which involves providing a safe and healthy work environment for workers of all ages. The presentation provided an overview of current demographic trends, examined how occupational safety and health outcomes change with age, described NIOSH research priorities on productive aging, and applied a goal setting framework to identify and plan strategies for designing an age-friendly workplace.