The Associations between Falls, Fall Injuries and Labor Market Outcomes among U.S. Workers 65 Years and Older.

TitleThe Associations between Falls, Fall Injuries and Labor Market Outcomes among U.S. Workers 65 Years and Older.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsScott, K, Fisher, GG, Barón, AE, Tompa, E, Stallones, L, DiGuiseppi, C
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
ISSN Number1536-5948
KeywordsEmployment and Labor Force, Falls, Retirement Planning and Satisfaction
Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To examine whether falls are associated with the subsequent ability to work among workers 65 years and older.

METHODS: This longitudinal cohort study followed older workers enrolled in the Health and Retirement Study. Outcomes included time to health-related work limitation and to labor force exit.

RESULTS: After adjustment multiple falls with or without a medically-treated injury were associated with time to limitation (HR = 1.77, 95% CI: 1.30-2.40; HR = 1.48, 95% CI: 1.26-1.73, respectively). Adjustment mitigated a crude relationship between falls and time to exit. Significant interactions suggest the relationship between falls and labor force exit depends on age, race and job demands.

CONCLUSIONS: Falls, both non-injurious and injurious, are associated with subsequent health-related work limitation among workers 65 and older. Fall prevention activities would benefit workers who want or need to keep working past age 65.

DOI10.1097/JOM.0000000000001379
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Alternate JournalJ. Occup. Environ. Med.
Citation Key9763
PubMed ID29905647