Publication Date

February 2008


The aging workforce is likely to result in increasing numbers of workers with disabilities. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that the 45-54 and 55-64 year-old population in the United States will grow by nearly 44.2 million (17%) and 35 million (39%) in the next ten years (U.S. Census Bureau, 2004). By the year 2010, this group will account for nearly half (44%) of the working age population (20-64), and the number of people with disabilities between the ages of 50 and 65 will almost double (Weathers, 2006). Disability management and accommodation policies and practices readily lend themselves to addressing the challenges employers will face with an aging workforce, and the increasing prevalence of disability which these demographics bring. Proactive education about ways to maximize the productivity of an aging workforce, effective case management, and workplace accommodation can significantly contribute to maximizing aging worker retention.


This is the author’s version of the work.
It is posted here by permission of the Australian Academic Press for personal use, not for redistribution.
The definitive version was published as:
Bruyère, S. (2006). Disability management: Key concepts and techniques for an aging workforce. International Journal of Disability Management Research, 1, 149-158. 10.1375/jdmr.1.1.149

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