Boston College established the Center for Retirement Research in 1998 through a grant from the Social Security Administration. Its mission is to produce first-class research and to forge a strong link between the academic community and decision makers in the public and private sectors. One of Boston College’s recent research findings is that almost 45 percent of working-age households are “at risk” of being unable to maintain their pre-retirement standard of living in retirement. Boston College also has the Center on Aging & Work/Workplace Flexibility. It helps businesses prepare for the opportunities and challenges of an aging workforce. A recent fact sheet noted that those under 50 were 42 percent more likely to be called for an interview than those 50 or older. The University of North Carolina, at Greensboro, has a gerontology program that focuses its research on aging and business. Research on age and work also has been conducted by The Conference Board in New York for the past 25 years, advising employers about the implication of an aging population. The Conference Board recently received a $2 million grant from Atlantic Philanthropies USA to study the inclusion and engagement of late-career workers in corporations and nonprofit organizations. Corporate Voices for Working Families established a program called Mature Workforce Pillar. In its work with Buck Consultants, Corporate Voices found that 60 percent of a private sector sample did not see the aging workforce as a significant issue. One new research group is the The Partnership for Public Service: Fed Experience Project. This year, 31 percent of all federal employees will be eligible to retire, and a U.S. Government Accountability Office publication estimates that 15 percent actually will retire. The message is that the federal government will have a labor shortage. As a result, the Fed Experience Project is exploring ways to attract experienced (older) workers for paid government service. The federal government is telling us that opportunities are available. Eighty-five percent of federal jobs are outside Washington, D.C., and more than 50,000 are overseas. California has almost 13 percent of the total number of federal positions with federal agencies in Los Angeles (GAO, Securities and Exchange Commission) and Pasadena (National Aeronautics and Space Administration). Among other things, the Fed Experience Project research includes checking on whether online access to jobs is user friendly to mature workers. Our hope is that research, public policy recommendations, innovative practices and the value of experience and maturity will trickle down to create a truly equal opportunity employment environment for all ages. Such an environment will benefit mature job seekers and employees, and employers who need a competent and effective workforce. Helen Dennis is a specialist in aging, with academic, corporate and nonprofit experience. Send her your questions and concerns in care of the Daily Breeze, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077; or fax to 310-540-7581, or e-mail to [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.What placed Aerospace Corporation among the winners was its model for rehiring retirees, its phased retirement program, the provision of health and life insurance for retirees and spouses, a 403(b) pension plan that automatically reallocates assets based on an employee’s age and proximity to retirement, and its financial and retirement planning workshops. AARP also has a national employer team consisting of 30 companies that want to hire older workers. For a list, go to www.aarp.org/money/careers/findingajob/featuredemployers. Among the companies are The Home Depot, Borders Books & Music, CVS/Pharmacy, Toys “R” Us/Babies “R” Us and Staples. AARP also developed a workforce assessment tool for small and medium-sized businesses to determine a company’s readiness for an aging workforce. Universities also are a major contributor in the area of age and work. Dear readers: I recently have received numerous queries about the climate for people working in their 50s and 60s. So I thought it might be interesting to share with you a national view on what’s happening regarding age and work. Let’s begin with the largest organization representing seniors, AARP. Its division of Workforce Issues focuses on the 50-plus group from employer and employee perspectives. AARP recently announced the winners of its national competition to find the best employers for workers over 50. Our own Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo was one of the winners and for good reason: More than half of the company’s workforce is 50 or older.