Poor health thinning ranks of older workers

Nearly 500,000 workers aged 50 to 69 have left the workforce due to illness
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/14/2006

There’s more than just retirement that’s taking older workers out of the labour picture. Poor health is also taking its toll, according to a Statistics Canada analyst.

Of the six million Canadians aged 50 to 69 in 2003, nearly 500,000 had left the workforce due to illness. Employers need to implement medical interventions and workplace policies that will help older people remain healthy so they can continue working, said Wendy Pyper, the analyst who authored the Statistics Canada report,

Aging, Health and Work.