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Paul Fairlie

In: The SAGE Handbook of Aging, Work and Society

Chapter 11: Age and Generational Differences in Work Psychology: Facts, Fictions, and Meaningful Work

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Age and Generational Differences in Work Psychology: Facts, Fictions, and Meaningful Work
Age and generational differences in work psychology: Facts, fictions, and meaningful work
PaulFairlie
Age and Generational Differences in Work Psychology: Facts, Fictions, and Meaningful Work

Currently, over 40 million people in the United States are 65 years of age or older. This number is expected to more than double by 2050 (Jacobsen et al., 2011). Similar trends are expected in many European countries (Lanzieri, 2011). In the following decade, the proportion of adults between 65 and 74 years of age will grow significantly (Vincent & Velkoff, 2010). The labour force will continue to age as a result (Toossi, 2009). Paradoxically, the growing prevalence of older workers also spells massive workforce reductions in the future as a ...

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