Exploring the concept of ‘Positive ageing’ in the UK workplace - A Literature Review

Diane, Keeble-Ramsay (2018) Exploring the concept of ‘Positive ageing’ in the UK workplace - A Literature Review. Geriatrics, 3 (4). p. 72. ISSN 2308-3417

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The participation rate of older people in the labour market is forecast to increase due to demographic changes afoot, for example, low fertility rates, higher life expectancy, and increases in the retirement age. The working-age population trends indicate that the age group 55–64 years will expand. This trend is bolstered by policy debate about the sustainability of economic and social support systems for the wider population and necessary strategies to keep older workers in labour markets. Within the UK, as the statutory pension age is placed now at 67, changes affecting the national default retirement age (previously age 60 for women and 65 for men) already mean that many older workers will feature in workplaces past historical expectations. A lack of sensitivity about the adjustments older workers needed, due to age-related changes in health and functional capacities, attests the demoted valuing of ageing workers. Despite a rise in the importance of wisdom across cultures, the significance of experience that comes with ageing however, has become less revered within the UK resulting in less than the institutional promotion of Positive Ageing might depict. This paper draws from a structured review of literature (SLR) which seeks to address the question of what is currently identified as ‘Positive Ageing’ to consider what contributions can be found in current literature that may represent these changes in the UK. The paper concludes demographic change has stimulated significant re-thinking of workplace strategies for the maintenance of health and well-being of ageing workers at national or governmental policy level. To ensure sustainability, workability, productivity in work however the concept of Positive Ageing towards later life might be furthered despite that at organizational level its enactment remains incomplete currently post retirement age.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: positive ageing, older workers, demographic change
Faculty: Faculty of Business & Law
Depositing User: Dr Diane Keeble-Ramsay
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2018 08:54
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:56
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/703688

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