AARP Survey of Older Workers Reveal Concerns of Ageism

Results from a new AARP survey reveal deep ageism-related concerns from both employed older adults and those seeking jobs.

For example, the survey finds that older workers who are concerned they could lose their job this year believe their age would be a factor (61%) while nearly half of older concerned workers fear that their older age will hamper their job search.

This survey was fielded between November 30 and December 7, 2020 to 1,052 adults ages 40–65 who are in the workforce.

In addition, respondents must have had some job uncertainty for the next year, including at least one of the following: currently unemployed; need upskilling to keep their current job or get a new job; concerned that they could lose a job, be temporarily laid off, have hours reduced, or be furloughed.

AARP has created an infographic of the survey results.