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Extended Work Lives and the Rediscovery of the 'Disadvantaged' Older Worker

Lookup NU author(s): Dr David Lain



This is the final published version of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by American Society on Aging, 2019.

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Disadvantaged older workers are virtually invisible in policy debates about extended working lives. It is important to “rediscover” these workers, who are greater in number than is assumed, according to analyses of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and the U.S. Health and Retirement Study. Qualitative research with hospitality workers in England reveals the negative effects of expecting people to work beyond traditional retirement ages when they have low levels of health and education and struggle to continue working in physically demanding jobs. Policy solutions could help reduce this problem.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Lain D, Phillipson C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Generations

Year: 2019

Volume: 43

Issue: 3

Pages: 71-77

Online publication date: 01/09/2019

Acceptance date: 25/06/2019

Date deposited: 09/08/2019

ISSN (print): 0738-7806

Publisher: American Society on Aging


Notes: Reprinted with permission from Generations 43:3, Fall 2019. Copyright © 2019. American Society on Aging, San Francisco, California.