National Employ Older Workers Week is

September 24 - 30, 2017.

If you know of an opening or are responsible for hiring, consider the value an older worker can bring to your organization.

"Transform Your Workforce – Hire An Older Worker.”

Click here to download your the poster (found to your right), and share it with your colleagues.

Viewpoint: New approaches needed to address workforce challenges.

This is a reprint of an op-ed that ran in the Boston Business Journal in August addressing a story about the challenges an ageing workforce poses for employers. It is written by Operation A.B.L.E.s Board Chair, and Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer at Tufts Health Plan, Lydia Greene.

Ageism—or prejudice against our future selves — cuts work lives short

Boston Business Journal’s cover story “Grey Matters” highlighted real challenges. Changing demographics mean the traditional workforce, people ages 18 – 65, is shrinking and large numbers of baby boomers are preparing to retire. This is an opportunity, not a natural disaster. Read the entire viewpoint here..

BLS projects that the share of the 55-years-and-older labor force will increase to 25.2 percent in 2020.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Projections through 2020 (Paper/PDF)

Compared with the labor force of the past decades, today’s labor force is older, more racially and ethnically diverse, and composed of more women. These trends are expected to continue to shape the future of the workforce; however, the U.S. labor force is expected to grow at a slightly slower rate than in previous decades.
Read/download the entire study.

The AGE-Friendly Advantage

Source: Operation A.B.L.E. Blog
Despite the growing body of research that shows older/experienced workers embrace technology, and often exceeds their younger counterparts in productivity and problem solving, the evidence also shows that bias about age play a big part in hiring and retention. Read more here.

​Viewpoint: New approaches needed to address workforce challenges

Source: Boston Business Journal

Changing demographics mean the traditional workforce is shrinking and large numbers of baby boomers are preparing to retire. Reframing the conversation is a critical step in combating ageism. Read the entire piece.

What Younger Workers Can Learn from Older Workers, and Vice Versa

Source: Harvard Business Review

Workplace mentoring: Although we found that people of different ages are remarkably similar to each other, we did see a number of fascinating areas in which there were significant differences. Both the differences and the similarities enhance the possibility for bidirectional cross-generational mentoring and coaching.Read the entire report.

Older Workers Learn New Task As Well or Better Than Younger Workers

Cognitive Aging and Ability to Work

Source: Center for Retirement Research at Boston College (Paper/PDF)

Working longer is a powerful way to improve retirement preparedness, so understanding individuals’ capacity for stretching out their work years is important. Studies comparing the productivity of workers in their 20s to workers in their 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s find that age is unrelated to performance in most occupations.
Read/download the entire study.

Older Workers Have Low Turnover Rates and Are Loyal to Their Company

Source: U.S. News & World Report

Forget the myth that older workers are outdated and expensive. The best are loyal, competent and may even help a business's bottom line. Read more.

High Levels of Engagement

Older workers can be more reliable and productive than their younger counterparts

Source: ReCode

It’s a real mistake to assume that “old” and “tech” are opposites. Read more.

The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities

Source: AARP

Age Friendly Cities initiative launched by the AARP, World Health Organization and City of Boston. Learn more.

Hundred Days of Cognitive Training Enhance Broad Cognitive Abilities in Adulthood

Source: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience | US National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health

In the COGITO Study, 101 younger and 103 older adults practiced six tests of perceptual speed (PS), three tests of working memory (WM), and three tests of episodic memory (EM) for over 100 daily 1-h sessions. Learn more.

A Message From A.B.L.E. President & CEO Joan Cirillo

In the coming weeks, Operation A.B.L.E. will roll out the Age-Friendly Advantage, an important initiative funded by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation as part of the Age Friendly Cities initiative launched by the AARP, World Health Organization and City of Boston. This project will help inform employers of the advantages & virtues of creating an age diverse workplace.  Stay tuned. (9/2017)