Nearly all older workers seek and choose employment with meaning, according to a new report from AARP, but the COVID-19 pandemic made people realize the importance of a better work-life balance – more so than doing work that is meaningful.
The report, called “Understanding a Changing Older Workforce: An Examination of Workers Ages 40-Plus,” seeks to understand older workers’ reasons for working, perceptions of job security, differential treatment due to age, ideal work scenario, and plans for retirement in the wake of “the great resignation” and in an era of record low unemployment.
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Several communities enrolled in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities have established programs to encourage local businesses to be age-friendly and AARP has released a resource highlighting examples of those programs from across the country. One example comes from Age-Friendly Boston’s “Age and Dementia Friendly Business Checklist,” which is the only example on the resource that includes both age AND dementia friendly. Continue reading →
An AARP survey of workers ages 40–65 who were in the workforce or recently exited the workforce as a result of COVID-19 found that 78% say they have seen or experienced age discrimination in the workplace, the highest level since AARP began tracking this question in 2003. Continue reading →
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative encourages our stakeholder network to check out the following upcoming events: Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
In partnership with the AARP Livable Communities Team, Main Street America is launching a series of briefs to explore the benefits of open streets programs, outline a set of priorities local leaders should consider when implementing these initiatives, and provide examples of open streets projects in two Main Street communities. Continue reading →
As communities continue to look at safe reopening practices during COVID-19, WalkBoston is releasing a timely pair of resources aimed at improving physical infrastructure and highlighting policies that promote age-friendly walking. Continue reading →
The John A. Hartford Foundation Business Innovation Award highlights the successes of community-based organizations (CBOs) that are partnering and contracting with health care entities, such as hospitals and health plans, with the goal of spurring the replication of these partnerships nationwide. Continue reading →
The New Social Contract: Age-Friendly Employers explores the vital role of employers in helping workers successfully navigate their working lives and prepare for retirement, a role that has become even more crucial and precarious amid the pandemic.
It is the fourth report in a series released through collaborative work between nonprofits Instituto de Longevidade Mongeral Aegon and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, and Aegon Center for Longevity and Retirement (ACLR). Continue reading →
On April 28, Governor Baker announced the formation of the Reopening Advisory Board, which will be Co-Chaired by Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy. Continue reading →