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Aging, Disability, and Employment Initiative for the U.S. Department of Labor

As part of its work under the NTAR Leadership Center for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, the Heldrich Center has maintained a strategic focus on older workers, delving into a range of issues connected to the aging workforce, disability, and employment. The Heldrich Center launched the initiative with a December 2010 roundtable entitled, Disability Implications of an Aging Workforce: Developing an Action Strategy. Several framing documents were prepared for the event examining demographic trends, health and disability in midlife, and disability, aging, and employment trends and drivers. As a follow up to the roundtable, the Heldrich Center produced a series of research papers regarding different aspects of aging, disability, and employment issues:

Impact of Federal Policies on an Aging Workforce with Disabilities (2012)

Employer Strategies for Responding to an Aging Workforce (2012)

The Public Workforce System: Serving Older Job Seekers and the Disability Implications of an Aging Workforce (2012)
 

The Heldrich Center’s initiative expanded in 2012 to include a focus on the implications of an aging workforce for the health care sector. The Heldrich Center hosted a January 2012 event that examined strategies to encourage the retention of aging health care professionals, including those aging into or with disabilities. A second event was held in September 2012 and entitled, The Aging Workforce: The Role of Medical Professionals in Encouraging Older Workers to Stay Employed or Return to Work. Research briefs from both events are listed below.

Aging Workforce: The Role of Medical Professionals in Helping Older Workers and Workers with Disabilities to Stay at Work or Return to Work and Remain Employed (2013)

Aging Workforce: Challenges for the Health Care Industry Workforce (2013)

Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy

Topic: 
Disability Employment
Research Team: 
Laurie Harrington
Funded By: 
U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy
Status: 
Completed
Keywords: 
aging
disability
employment
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