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ERIC Number: ED174754
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Older Americans: An Untapped Resource. Why this Resource Must be Tapped. How it can be Done.
National Committee on Careers for Older Americans, Washington, DC.
Identifying issues that confront the nation concerning older Americans as an untapped resource of workers, this book is divided into eight chapters. The first chapter discusses the need to change negative attitudes toward older Americans and the second defines older Americans and their relationship to the entire population. The third chapter points out the impact of emerging demographic factors on employment. Chapter 4 suggests developments that could lead to longer involvement of older Americans in the workplace. The fifth chapter presents older workers as an asset and discusses the need to evaluate individual capacities without regard to age. Chapter 6 suggests that older workers are an untapped resource of potential paid, self-employed, and volunteer workers. Identifying action programs and ideas for utilizing services of older people, chapter 7 discusses the involvement of organizations and opportunities in small business. The final chapter analyzes how educational and other cultural institutions can help older people become involved in the social and economic life of the nation. Recommendations are given for (1) action by both the public and private sectors, (2) business organizations and organized labor, (3) self-employment and participation in small businesses, (4) organizations that utilize services of volunteers, (5) policy changes and government action, and (6) educational and other cultural institutions. (LRA)
Descriptors: Age, Demography, Economic Factors, Educational Gerontology, Employment, Employment Patterns, Employment Potential, Employment Practices, Human Resources, Labor Force Nonparticipants, Labor Market, Older Adults, Older Workers, Opinions, Part Time Employment, Population Trends, Retirement, Social Discrimination, Social Influences, State of the Art Reviews, Volunteers, Working Hours
The National Committee on Careers for Older Americans, 1414 22nd Street, N.W., Room 602, Washington, D.C. 20037 ($8.50; 5-19 copies, $5.50 each; 20 or more, $4.25 each)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Committee on Careers for Older Americans, Washington, DC.