Accommodating elderly workplace
She would like to return to her demanding practice schedule once her mother is somewhat better, but cannot anticipate how long it will take for her mother’s condition to stabilize again.
If she were permitted to work some of the time from her home, she would be capable of working more hours, but in her area of work, where full-time often means 60 hours a week, full time may no longer possible for her during her mother’s lifetime.
The demographics are clear: the Canadian workforce is aging and older workers are making up a greater portion of the workforce.
With the large number of ‘baby boomers’ born after World War Two now aging, it is estimated that by next year, approximately 41 per cent of the working population will be between the ages of 45 and 64 (up from 29 per cent in 1991), and this percentage will continue to increase over the coming years.
Working to overcome elderspeak through awareness and self-monitoring as well as through formal educational programs are strategies individuals and other care providers can use to promote successful aging for older clients.
People can change their speech to be more similar to their conversation partners’ speech, which is known as convergence.
For employers to meet their labour needs, it is important to retain their skilled older workers.