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The Sloan Center for Aging & Work at Boston College regularly interviews groups of employees to better understand the impact of an aging population on workplace and societal roles. A facilitator asks people to gather into different groups related to multiple aspects of aging, explains Sloan director Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes.

An initial grouping, for example, might be to divide along generational lines—think millennials, Gen Xers, and baby boomers. "Then we ask them to divide themselves into groups in terms of their careers stages," she says, "and these groups are different than the generational groups." Yet more groupings are suggested, such as asking people to organize according to their experiences with significant life events such as marriage, parenthood, being a grandparent, and so forth.

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