Later Retirement Age Could Drive Demand For Further OT Support
More support from occupational therapists for older people may be required following the publication of a government report encouraging those between 50 and 70 to work beyond traditional retirement age.
The Department of Health's report, titled 'Baby Boomers: Fit For The Future,' focused on the health of the older working population, making the observation that by 2020, roughly a third of the workforce will be over 50.
And with life expectancy increasing by five years for men and three years for women since 1990 and deaths from cancer and heart disease plunging by 33 percent and 75 percent respectively over the last twenty-five years, the government is encouraging people to work later into life.
Despite the good news regarding life expectancy, the report acknowledged that older peoples' health will still decline and require the support of trained professionals such as occupational therapists to keep up their physical fitness and help them recover from illness.
UK Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies said: "People are living longer than ever so retirement presents a real opportunity for baby boomers to be more active than ever before.
"For many people it is a chance to take on new challenges - it is certainly not the start of a slower pace of life it once was.
"Staying in work, volunteering or joining a community group can make sure people stay physically and mentally active for longer."
The report went on to suggest that staying in the workforce in later life helps keep older people fitter, and keep their minds active.
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