Upcoming Conferences and Events

March 15, 2012 "Civic Engagement Initiative: Preparing Ohio’s New 50+ for 21st Century Jobs" Ohio Department of Aging Civic Engagement Council: Columbus, Ohio

During the kickoff, attendees will hear why the state has expanded its approach to civic engagement from leaders around the state, including employers, job seekers, nonprofits and education providers. Participants at the Downtown Columbus location will also see examples of successful programs at Ohio Solution Booths and talk to the local experts behind them. Attendees will have the option to attend afternoon information sessions that close with the opportunity to provide the Civic Engagement Council with guidance for their work and immediately hear feedback from other communities around the state.

May 28-June 1, 2012 "Ageing Connects: IFA 11th Global Conference on Ageing" International Federation of Ageing: Prague Czech Republic.

The conference provides a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary forum for networking and the sharing of information related to new research and evidence-based programmes and policies. It is an opportunity for those interested in the field of ageing and the evolution of the human spirit to take stock of social trends (e.g., age friendly environments), evaluate recent policy developments and collectively chart a course. Together we must aim to facilitate stronger linkages among research, policy and practice and explore in greater depth the role of civil society in building effective relationships.

"Work and the Ageing Labour Force" is one of the subthemes: The basic premise for this subtheme is that older persons should be enabled to continue with income-generating work for as long as they want and for as long as they are able to do so productively. On the one hand there is a need to increase awareness in the workplace of the benefits of maintaining an ageing work force. On the other in developing countries and countries with economies in transition an informal economy often deprives older people of the basic benefits of adequate working conditions and social protection provided by the formal sector economy. We are interested in abstracts on: policies that extend employability; factors affecting older women in the labour market; the balance between employment of older workers and labour market opportunities for younger persons; promising practices in the informal economy; and adjustments in the workplace environment and conditions to ensure that older workers have skills, health and capacity to remain employed into their later years.Click here to register.

December 4-7, 2012 National Ergonomics Conference and Expo 2012 Las Vegas, NV.

Program schedule to be announced. Click here to register.

Recent Conferences and Events

December 12, 13, 2011 "Older Workers & Work Ability Conference" Monash University; Melbourne, Australia.

Workforce ageing is a concern for governments and employers in developed and developing economies. This conference brings together leading experts on older workers in Australia and Internationally to debate issues including the prolongation of working lives, age management, work ability over the life course and skills maintenance. It will be a forum for the exchange of knowledge among policymakers, employers and researchers and others with an interest in workforce ageing. Click here to register.

May 16, 17, 2011 "Transforming Ageing Economies: Opportunities and policy options for prosperous societies" Chatham House, the home of the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

Faced with rapidly ageing populations, many countries are seeking ways to ensure that their economies continue to grow and prosper. The recent financial crisis highlighted the difficulty of providing adequate and affordable old age provision. A greying population need not mean a stagnating economy. Education and skills, labour market, immigration and health policies and employment practices all have a role to play. Imaginative solutions will involve not only the state, but also the private sector and the individuals themselves. This conference will explore the policies and practices needed to manage and benefit from an ageing population. Given long time frames and present vested interests, it will examine what changes are necessary, and what changes are possible. Click here to register.

May 4, 2011. "Preparing for an Aging Workforce: 2011 Workforce Symposium" The New York Academy of Medicine.

The symposium will highlight the challenges for employers in preparing for an aging workforce through a series of panels and a facilitated discussion about local and national solutions. Topics will include the future of the workforce: national job projections to 2018; the challenge for HR managers in planning for an aging workforce; the importance of planning for the retirement of the baby boomer population; the best strategies for retaining and building a multi-generational workforce. Free registration.

June 26, 2010 "Age Management for a Maturing Workforce" Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RSoPA) and The Age and Employment Network (TAEN).

This conference, arranged by RoSPA and TAEN, will focus on salient health and safety issues for employers of staff in the middle or latter part of their working lives. Leaders in their fields from the UK will give practical advice and guidance on key issues such as safety, health, law, workability, and making the job fit for the worker. Delegates will also hear case studies exemplifying appropriate benchmarks. Click here for flyer and click here to register.

April 12-15, 2010 ""Creating a Positive Business Impact: Engage the Aging Workforce" American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. (AAOHN) Annual Conference; Anaheim, CA.

March 23, 2010 "Workability - Promoting Productivity in an Ageing Workforce" Workshop, The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia.

Professor Juhani Ilmarinen, former Director of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health is visiting with BWA again this semester. He will be in Melbourne during March 2010. You have an opportunity to spend a day with him at our full-day workshop "Workability - Promoting Productivity in an Ageing Workforce", presented by The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia with support from Swinburne University of Technology, Monash University and WorkSafe Victoria. Click here for flyer and registration information.

April 12-15, 2010 ""Creating a Positive Business Impact: Engage the Aging Workforce" American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. (AAOHN) Annual Conference; Anaheim, CA.

February 16, 2010 "Aging Workers with Disabilities: Implications for Employers" ADA Audio Conference.

The aging workforce is likely to result in increasing numbers of workers with disabilities. 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 is predicted to double. 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 that these demographics bring. Join this session for a discussion of the practices associated with maximizing the productivity of an aging workforce and contribute to aging worker retention. Click here for registration information.

December 3, 2008 Employing the Region's Assets: Baby Boomers Meeting New England's Skilled Workforce Needs Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's The New England Public Policy Center's 4th Annual Conference; FRBB, Morris Auditorium, Boston, MA.

Current demographic trends in New England point to a potential shortage of skilled labor as the Baby Boomers begin to retire over the next few years and the region's working age population begins to shrink. With current benefits and workplace policies that nudge older workers in the direction of retirement, older workers are one of the largest untapped human capital resources in the region. The conference will explore the role that older professionals can play in meeting the region's labor force needs over the next 20 to 30 years. The conference will feature presentations that investigate the changing demographic and labor force trends in New England and the US and examine what employers, employees, and the public sector can do to lengthen the labor force participation of the population age 55 and older. Click here for registration information.

November 4-6, 2008 "4th Annual Summit on the Mature Workforce The Age-Free Workplace: A Cultural Evolution" sponsored by The Workplace Institute; Calgary, Alberta (Canada)

At the conference corporate, industry, labor and government leaders will join industry experts to discuss the most recent developments in mature workforce solutions. Highlights include David Delong on ageism and the multigenerational workforce; Barbara Jaworski on evolving an age-free corporate culture to boost retention and the bottom line; updates from The Expert Panel on Older Workers; the insider view on Strategic Workforce Planning from three practitioners; plus Transitions to Retirement, and more. New this year are two days of workshops focusing on unique strategies to tackle some of the most pressing workplace issues facing employers. A workshop on Intergenerational Mentoring will reveal how to develop a communication system to transfer knowledge between generations within organizations. One entitled: Creating an Age-Free Culture will provide delegates with a powerful new tool to help create an age-free workplace culture while driving business strategy, and the Workforce Planning seminar will help them understand what their organization needs to do to be prepared for the future, using metrics and workforce analytics. Click here for registration information.

October 23, 2008 "2008 Rocky Mountain Conference on Aging: The Changing Workforce: Challenges & Strategies for Success" spsonsored by RMCoA, Larimer County Extension; The Ranch, Loveland, CO

By attending the 2008 conference, you will (1) explore challenges that organizations address as they retain, recruit, and integrate older workers; (2) discover strategies for a productive intergenerational workforce; and (3) learn best practices to prepare for changing workplace demographics. Click here for registration information.