Many of us do things to try and keep ourselves healthy and injury free. However, as much as we pretend it’s not happening to us, we are all aging. With age, we eventually find that out that we get tired or injured more easily. So it should be no surprise that our “graying” workforce is feeling the demands of work more than it’s younger co-workers.
Did you know?
- Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the most common cause of disability for workers in their 50s and 60s.
- Greater than 60% of workers aged 51 to 61 experience one or more MSDs.
- With age, complaints of upper-extremity and back pain increases.
With the “graying” of the workforce, organizations will have to accommodate workers who will work well into their 70s and beyond. How? First and foremost, develop a proactive ergonomic approach that considers workers with decreased strength and flexibility, as well as decreased cognitive abilities. By understanding how a worker’s abilities change as they age, we can design a more accessible, adaptive, and higher-performing workplace.
ERGO Inc. can assist your organization develop a plan and program to support your aging workers. Contact us today for further discussion.