The Rowman & Littlefield Handbook on Aging and Work is a comprehensive resource for students, scholars, and practitioners seeking a broad overview of interrelated topics concerning the aging workforce or insightful discussions of specific issues and challenges facing people in the demographic. Notably, its chapters address the impact of current conditions and developments on the individual worker, organizations and employers, and society as a whole.
Elizabeth F. Fideler received a doctorate of education in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University. She is a founding member of the Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work at Boston College. Fideler has written and presented extensively on aspects of the aging workforce. Her current focus is older women and men who choose to continue in the paid workforce beyond conventional retirement age. She is the author of many well-received books on this topic, including the recent Aging, Work, and Retirement.
1 The Aging Workforce: An Overview by Elizabeth F. Fideler, Editor
PART I: FISCAL CHALLENGES AND THE OLDER WORKER
2 The Growing Financial Imperative to Work Longer by Richard W. Johnson, Karen E. Smith, and Damir Cosic
3 Challenges and Opportunities to Living and Working Longer in the Twenty-First Century by Ernest Gonzales and Sarah Michelle Steeley
4 The Choices of (Low-Income) Aging Workers on the Margins: Expanding the Narrative by Christina Matz and Melissa Brown
5 Precariously and Securely Employed Older Women and Prospects for Extended Working Lives by Debra Street and Áine Ní Léime
6 Retirement Security and Timing among Hispanics: Is Working Longer a Fair Expectation for Everyone in the U.S.? by Antonia Díaz-Valdés I.
PART II DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFTS AND WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT
7 Adapting to an Aging Workforce: Evolving Talent Strategies and HR Practices by Jennifer Schramm
8 Managing Aging and Age-Diverse Workforces by Hannes Zacher and Cort W. Rudolph
9 Collaborative Work in the Twenty-First Century: An Intergenerational, Age-Diverse Perspective by Jensine Paoletti, Ruilin Wu, and Eduardo Salas
10 The Role of Employers in Shaping the Lives of Experienced Employees: Moving from Awareness to Activity by Brian Kaskie and Hannah Rochford
11 Creating Age-Friendly Workplaces for Older Workers: Challenges and Opportunities by Amanda Sonnega
12 Tackling Ageism in the Workplace by Hannah J. Swift, Ben Steeden, and Georgina Randsley de Moura
PART III FACTORS INFLUENCING LABOR FORCE PARTICIPATION AT OLDER AGES
13 Older Workers and Job Performance by Elora C. Voyles and Michael P. Robinson
14 Productive Engagement among Older Workers by Yi Wang, Takashi Amano, and Kara A. Carter
15 Self-Management of Career and Retirement: Issues of Competence and Dyscompetence by Harvey L. Sterns and Anthony A. Sterns
16 Older Workers’ Self-Management and Sustainable Employability at Work: Lessons Learned from Science and Practice by Annet de Lange, Trude Furunes, and Anne-Marije Buckens
17 Emerging Technologies, the Aging Workforce, and the Future of Work by Margaret E. Beier and Meghan K. Davenport
18 Living Longer, Working Longer, Learning Longer by Phyllis A. Cummins, Peter Riley Bahr, and Takashi Yamashita
PART IV DETERMINANTS OF EMPLOYEE WELL-BEING
19 Resilience, Need Fulfillment, and Well-Being in Older Workers by Katherine D. King and Christine Rutledge Smith
20 Aging, Work, and Caregiving: Current Knowledge and Directions for Future Research by Sarah E. Patterson and Andrew Arche
PART V AS THE EXPERIENCE OF AGING CHANGES, SO TOO DOES RETIREMENT
21 The Changing Landscape of Retirement by Helen Dennis and Kelly Ann Marnfeldt
22 Bridge Employment by Karen Pak and Mo Wang
23 Senior Entrepreneurship: The Twenty-First Century’s Most Underrated Economic Engine by Elizabeth Isele
24 Older Workers as Volunteers by Doug Dickson
PART VI SUMMARY AND FUTURE OUTLOOK
25 Social Policy and the Older Worker: An International Perspective by Janet M. Hively and Moira Allan
26 A Portfolio Framework for Extended Work Pathways: Leveraging the Strengths of Older Workers by Dawn C. Carr, Brittany M. King, and Phyllis Moen
About the Contributors
With an aging population and longer lives ahead, the future of work will be very different. Older adults will assume new roles and multi-generational workforces will proliferate. Retirement traditions and cultural norms will be toppled. Age will be incorporated in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. With The Rowman & Littlefield Handbook on Aging and Work, Elizabeth Fideler has assembled a cast of respected experts to advise on the challenges and opportunities in this shifting longevity landscape. It’s a must read and a must reference.
I was a bit stunned to see the table of contents of The Rowman & Littlefield Handbook on Aging and Work, edited by Elizabeth Fideler. What a tour de force—the breadth of topics; the preeminent contributors; the multidisciplinary, multilevel perspectives on challenges and solutions. This volume is truly a gold mine for researchers, educators, and scholars. I especially like the full consideration of views of employers, organizations, and workers. Further, we are not left with all the problems… much attention is given to the best ways forward—to recommendations and actions. This collection of ideas was extremely relevant before the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, as older workers and organizations struggle to recover, this handbook is even more timely.
The Rowman and Littlefield Handbook on Aging and Work is a treasure trove of scholarly research on the many variables that affect the income and general well-being of the aging workforce. Several chapters focus on different employment histories of men and women, racial and ethnic minorities, and occupations at different income levels. Others note the varying employment histories of major age cohorts (baby boomers, etc.) that have been affected by changing technology, women’s changing expectations about working, increasing levels of education, as well as general ups and downs in labor demand. Finally, together, these chapters imply that labor policy, health policy, employer and HR practices should respond to all the change that has taken place and that will continue. This handbook constitutes a solid foundation for individual counseling, further research, and new policy initiatives that will advance the work experience, incomes, and general well-being of older workers.
Supporting work at older ages is one of the main issues individuals and policymakers face in the years ahead. This comprehensive book reviews what is happening and what needs to happen if the U.S is to meet the diverse needs of an ever-growing number of people in a new career stage.
In this timely and comprehensive book, Elizabeth Fideler (herself an exemplar of productive aging) brings together leading experts from many different disciplines and perspectives to shed light on the ever-changing context of aging, work, and retirement. Importantly, the authors expand the monolithic conception of older adults to expose demographic and other differences between and among them, e.g., those who want to work, those who have to work, those who can’t find work, and those who need to work but are disabled. Chapters illuminating both employer and government policies affecting this changing tide contribute to our understanding of how we arrived at this juncture and provide a call to action on the part of scholars, policy makers, employers and their employees, on work that needs to be done to potentiate positive, realistic, and equitable adaptations to this era of longevity.
This excellent Rowman & Littlefield Handbook on Aging and Work edited by Elizabeth F. Fideler is a valuable resource for all who develop policy for and work with aging workers. With the numbers of older workers increasing, it is a welcome addition that thoughtfully consolidates research findings on this important topic.