Worker health and wellness

Total Worker Health center to focus on ‘productive aging’

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Washington – NIOSH has opened a virtual center for aging as part of its Total Worker Health initiative.

Launched Oct. 13, the National Center for Productive Aging and Work aims to improve the health of workers through research and by focusing on best practices for “aging-friendly” workplaces, according to a press release.

The center also will assist NIOSH in furthering “national policies related to aging-friendly work” as well as work to cultivate the notion of “productive aging,” which means providing a safe workplace that allows all employees to be productive throughout their entire careers.

James Grosch, senior research psychologist, and Health Communication Fellow Juliann Scholl are co-directors of the center. The center is pursuing partnerships with other organizations and researchers. For more information, contact Grosch at jkg9@cdc.gov or Scholl at xhn3@cdc.gov.

The Total Worker Health initiative uses different approaches to prevent worker injuries and illnesses while promoting health and wellness.