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Conference Focused on Creating Safe Workplaces for Aging Direct Caregivers

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)
September 23, 2009

In the next decade the annual growth rate of older workers is anticipated to be four times greater than the rest of the workforce which has profound implications in the direct care professions – as aging patients will be cared for by an aging workforce! That was the focus of “Older Healthcare Workers: Addressing Health and Safety Challenges on the Job,”an upcoming conference in Chicago co-hosted by Health & Medicine Policy Research Group and the Great Lakes Centers for Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health of the School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago.  Speakers included: Michael Gelder, Senior Advisor on Health Policy from the Office of Governor Pat Quinn; Robert Wordlaw from the Chicago Jobs Council; Robyn Golden from Rush University Medical Center, Older Adult Programs; Martha Holstein & Margie Schaps of Health & Medicine’s Center for Long Term Care Reform; Marsha Love, Naoko Muramatsu and Joseph Zanoni from the School of Public Health.