Older workers are an increasingly important resource for employers who can benefit from wisdom and late-life creativity according to a new report Ageing, the Demographic Dividend and Work by Prof Desmond O’Neill, Centre of Ageing, Neuroscience and the Humanities at Tallaght Hospital in Ireland.

But the older worker faces many barriers to employment that reflect ageism in society as noted in the Irish Times.  This is an important report given the trend in Europe for increasing the retirement age, which Prof O’Neill warns could be detrimental without providing retirees life-long training and age-friendly workplaces.