NIOSH launches new virtual center to advance concept of productive aging

NIOSH launches new virtual center to advance concept of productive aging

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has launched the National Center for Productive Aging and Work (NCPAW) on Friday.

The new virtual center will focus on the safety of workers of all ages, and to promote their lifelong well-being, and advance concept of productive aging.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that one in four American workers will be more than the age of 55, with many of them not planning to retire anytime soon. The center will play an important role in developing a research plan to improve the safety and health of workers of all ages, facilitating collaboration among researchers and partners, developing new interventions, and highlighting best practices for creating “aging-friendly” workplaces. The center will help NIOSH advance national policies related to aging-friendly work and further important collaborations with other federal agencies, academic institutions, and stakeholders.

“Either by necessity or by choice, Americans are working longer than ever before,” said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D.

“Our new center will focus on advancing the best ways to both address the needs and challenges of aging workers, and recognize the benefits of an aging workforce.

“Optimizing working conditions to match the reality that every worker is aging, from the first day on the job to the last, is essential. If our nations is to maximize its economic potential and keep workers safe and healthy, we must make this area of research a top priority,”

The center will also advance the concept of productive aging, that is to provide a safe and healthy work environment for all workers and create conditions that will allow workers to function fully and thrive in their jobs.

Dr James Grosch, Senior Research Psychologist and Dr Juliann Scholl, Health Communication Fellow will co-direct the new center.

The center is actively seeking partnership with organizations, researchers and stakeholders. For more information, contact Dr Jim Grosch ( or Dr Julian Scholl (

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