Aging and the Future of Decent Work
journal contributionposted on 2021-09-20, 00:01 authored by Frida Marina Fischer, Maria Carmen Martinez, Camila Helaehil Alfredo, João Silvestre Silva-Junior, Jodi OakmanJodi Oakman, Teresa Cotrim, Donald Fisher, Stephen Popkin, Gretchen A Petery, Paul A Schulte
The United Nations identified decent work and economic growth as a sustainable development goal for 2030. Decent work is a term that sums up aspirations for people in their working lives. One of the factors that influences the achievement of decent work is aging. This article exam-ines how aspects of aging and organizational factors affect work ability across the lifespan and throughout one’s work career. Additionally, the critical issue of worker physical mobility was also addressed as a practical limitation to functional aging. Through our investigation, we identified gaps in the literature where research and interventions should be promoted. These include early disability studies; population dashboards of workers’ health metrics; intervention and cost effectiveness in health promotion and prevention of early functional aging at work; policies for tailoring demands to individual needs and abilities; and inequities of social protection for aging workers.