Health and the Older Worker — Fact Sheet
- Among respondents aged 46-64 at the time surveyed, overall health status was lower in baby boomers, with 13.2% reporting “excellent” health compared with 32% of individuals in the previous generation.
- Among adults aged 55-64, 11.0% report frequent mental distress. Younger age groups report similar levels, ranging from 10.7% -11.7% between ages 18-54. Among adults aged 65-74 and 75+, under 7% report frequent mental distress.
- Approximately 47% of blue-collar workers aged 65 years and older had arthritis... 58% of service workers, 67% of farm workers, and 51% of white collar workers had arthritis... Blue-collar workers appeared to be much more likely to retire if they developed arthritis.
- Older workers [age 65+] had a rate of sprains and strains that was 39 percent less than the average, but a rate of fractures that was 80 percent greater than the average.
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