Assisting the long-term unemployed: A community health based approach to returning disabled adults to the workforce
Learning Areas:Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Discuss the complexity of long-term unemployment as a significant issue for older workers. Describe the components of a comprehensive return to work program offered within the context of a physical rehabilitation medical center. The IPMR Return to Work Center facilitates entry or return to work with services to those with an occupational injury or illness, physical impairment, or disability. Interpret comparative data collected on persons over the age of 50 compared to those under 50 and their experience in completing training and securing employment after program participation. Evaluate the utility of working to establish this type of program to provide for the diverse needs of older adult workers who may leave employment due to injury, illness or disability. Explain new approaches to helping seasonal workers, especially older workers, avoid de-conditioning while unemployed.
Keyword(s): Aging, Workforce
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a gerontologist with more than 15 years working experience in the field; I teach Adult Development and Aging at the college level; I am doing the data analysis for this paper; I am trained at the Master's level in public health
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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