Health, Income, and Postretirement Employment of Older Adults

Authors

  • Eileen Toughill R.N., C., M.S.N.,

    1. Eileen Toughill, Theresa L. Beck, and Mary Ann Christopher are with MCOSS, Inc., Red Bank, N.J. Diana J. Mason is Director of Nursing Education and Research, Beth Israel Medical Center, N. Y.
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  • Diana J. Mason R.N., C., Ph.D., FAAN,

    1. Eileen Toughill, Theresa L. Beck, and Mary Ann Christopher are with MCOSS, Inc., Red Bank, N.J. Diana J. Mason is Director of Nursing Education and Research, Beth Israel Medical Center, N. Y.
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  • Theresa L. Beck R.N., M.P.H.,

    1. Eileen Toughill, Theresa L. Beck, and Mary Ann Christopher are with MCOSS, Inc., Red Bank, N.J. Diana J. Mason is Director of Nursing Education and Research, Beth Israel Medical Center, N. Y.
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  • Mary Ann Christopher R.N., C., M.S.N.

    1. Eileen Toughill, Theresa L. Beck, and Mary Ann Christopher are with MCOSS, Inc., Red Bank, N.J. Diana J. Mason is Director of Nursing Education and Research, Beth Israel Medical Center, N. Y.
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Abstract

Abstract After a poor response to advertisements for employment for older adults, a community health nursing agency surveyed 216 individuals ranging in age from 60 to 96 years to examine their attitudes toward postretirement work, perceptions of barriers to and facilitators of employment, and the influence of perceived health status and income on these factors related to labor force participation. The findings are consistent with continuity theory of aging, and underscore the need for public policies aimed at supporting the decision of older persons to work or retire.

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