The days of retiring at age 62 or so are over for many. Instead of playing golf and gardening, a significant number of older Americans are still at work.
For example, the rates of driver involvement in fatal work-related crashes steadily increase beginning around age 55, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Changes that occur because of aging may contribute to this increase. Older drivers can suffer from reduced night vision and increased intolerance of glare, slower reaction times, declines in cognitive functioning, and decreasing muscle strength and range of motion.
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Although most of these changes do not affect a person’s ability to work, they can affect the ability to safely operate a vehicle, making it harder for older drivers to react quickly and effectively to road hazards.
Older workers may also suffer from chronic conditions like arthritis or take medications that affect their alertness.
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Older workers bring much to your workplace with their experience, wisdom, and caution. Provide them with the information and resources they need to counter age-related conditions and continue working productively and safely.
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