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Productive Aging and Work: A Framework for Developing Age-Friendly Workplaces

January 27, 2017 - 11:00am PST, 2:00pm EST



An aging workforce means having to think about how workers and organizations address the needs and challenges of older workers, as well as take advantage of the opportunities that aging and an age-diverse workforce can bring to the work environment. NIOSH established the National Center for Productive Aging & Work (NCPAW), hosted by the Office of Total Worker Health®.

An important part of the center’s mission is the concept of productive aging, which involves providing a safe and healthy work environment for workers of all ages, and creating conditions that allow workers to function optimally regardless of their age. Workplaces are increasingly adapting to the needs of aging workers, which involves training and interventions that address workplace and task design, flexible schedules, ergonomics, and protections against age discrimination.

Through lecture and case studies, this webinar will advance the concept of productive aging and present evidence-based methods for facilitating an age-friendly workplace. The presentation will also offer tools and strategies that encourage a culture of health that facilitates intergenerational collaboration and support.

Upon completion of this webinar, the learner will be able to:

  • Define productive aging and describe how it is relevant to workers of all age groups.
  • Identify and explain at least three strategies that can be incorporated into the workplace to create a more age-friendly environment
  • Describe changes in workplace safety and health outcomes that occur as a workforce ages.

Juliann C. Scholl, PhD

Health Communication Fellow
Co-Director of the National Center for Productive Aging and Work (NCPAW)
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Scholl studied health and organizational communication and earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Communication at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma, USA. In addition to co-directing NCPAW, Scholl conducts translation research with emphasis on the reduction of musculoskeletal disorders among construction workers of different age groups. She also examines workplace intergenerational tensions and does survey research in assessing stakeholder satisfaction and impact. Dr. Scholl has expertise in cultural communication, qualitative methods, and health issues among Hispanics and older adults.

James Grosch

Research Psychologist
NIOSH's Center for Productive Aging and Work. 

Grosch has a Ph.D. in Social/Organizational Psychology and an M.B.A.—both from the University of New Hampshire.  He has been at NIOSH for over 20 years and his work focuses on better understanding how behavioral and work organization factors affect a worker's safety and health.  Recent projects include: changes in health and cognitive ability that workers experience as they age, characteristics of age-friendly workplaces, job stressors associated with increased risk of heart disease and depression, and the impact of job transitions (e.g., retirement, being laid off) on both physical and mental health outcomes.  Prior to his position at NIOSH he served as a faculty member in the Psychology Departments at Colgate University and the State University of New York (SUNY), College at Geneseo.

Bermang Ortiz

Public Health Advisor
National Center for Productive Aging and Work (NCPAW)
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Mr. Ortiz has expertise in public health challenges affecting Spanish-speaking immigrant communities and in developing culturally tailored public health messages related to both the occupational safety and health of aging workers and public health preparedness and response.


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