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Ronald J. Burke, Cary L. Cooper & John Field

In: The SAGE Handbook of Aging, Work and Society

Chapter 1: The Aging Workforce: Individual, Organizational and Societal Opportunities and Challenges

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The Aging Workforce: Individual, Organizational and Societal Opportunities and Challenges
The aging workforce: Individual, organizational and societal opportunities and challenges
RonaldJ.Burke, CaryL.Cooper and JohnField

Someone once said that the only sure things in life were death and taxes. We can now add a third sure thing to this list: an aging global workforce. This introductory chapter sets the context for this Handbook by reviewing issues contributing to, and the effects of, an aging workforce on individuals, families, organizations and societies as a whole. These issues are then addressed in significantly more detail in the chapters that follow.

The aging workforce has emerged as a major issue for individuals, organizations, and countries (Anderson, 2009; Bloom, Canning & Sevilla, 2003; Hankin, 2004; Hedge, Borman & Lammlein, 2006; Magnus, 2008; Shultz ...

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