- Workers over the age of 65 are increasingly continuing in, returning to, and entering the workforce
- Older workers are increasing in both full and part-time categories
- The trend has picked up pace since the early 2000s
“More than 53 per cent of Canadian men aged 65 or older were working in some form in 2015, including 22.9 per cent who worked full-time throughout the year, compared with 37.8 and 15.5 per cent, respectively, in 1995…” [ ]
“Overall, 255,000 Americans 85 years old or older were working over the past 12 months. That's 4.4 percent of Americans that age, up from 2.6 percent in 2006, before the recession. It’s the highest number on record
“[T]he number of people over 65 remaining in the workforce has increased from 9.4 per cent in 2006 to 21 per cent in 2016.”
“A record number of folks age 85 and older are working.
Overall, 255,000 Americans 85 years old or older were working over the past 12 months. That's 4.4 percent of Americans that age, up from 2.6 percent in 2006, before the recession. It’s the highest number on record.”
- Co-morbidities tend to increase with age, a factor that may complicate risk
- Working more years increases exposure to toxins and processes associated with work (thereby increasing the possibility of occupational disease)
- Recovery times for many injuries increase with age
- Degenerative conditions and the processes of normal aging may increase the risk of injury for previously “safe” work
- Medications necessary to control common conditions associate with age may alter perception, reaction times, strength, tolerance and stamina changing the factors that influence risk (and recovery).
- In the US [2017 data], the majority of workers (53 percent) plan to work past age 65, (13 percent plan to never retire). [
- In Canada [2015 Census Data], Over 53 per cent of men and 38 of women aged 65 or older were working. [ ]