To begin familiarizing yourself with the issues surrounding work and transitions as we age, you might want to look at these resources:
- Encore.org, founded as Civic Ventures in 1998 by social entrepreneur Marc Freedman, is a national leader in efforts to engage millions of people in later life as a vital source of talent to benefit society.
- The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics published “Older workers: Labor force trends and career options” in May 2017 that provides an excellent overview on how the workforce is changing and which types of occupations, as well as specific jobs, are attracting more older workers.
- The Center on Aging and Work at Boston College features an extensive collection of research, publications, and even searchable databases for Innovative Practices and Facts.
- AARP’s Work and Jobs site is loaded with good information, and the organization’s Public Policy Institute has put out a report titled “Improving Education and Training for Older Workers” that explores a range of issues relating to skills training and education for older workers. You can read the full report or In Brief.
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Other steps you could take include:
- Contact local universities and community college representatives to learn about workforce training programs targeted to older learners
- Meet with local businesses and nonprofit groups to discuss how they could benefit from bringing more older workers on board