Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features some interesting insights from One Call Care Management’s Kevin Glennon, who recently gave a presentation on understanding the changing needs of aging injured workers, which will become critical as older employees begin to constitute a larger segment of the workforce.
Glennon covered the physiological changes that occur with age and often result in safety concerns, including loss of muscle, strength and stamina, declines in hearing and eyesight, as well as susceptibility to loss of balance. Glennon cited an NCCI study that found that aging workers injuries are often more severe, experiencing 50% higher medical costs and 25% higher indemnity costs on average than their younger counterparts. It’s also important to take account of chronic conditions that can add complexity to cases. Older workers do however typically have strong work ethic and desire to return to work, which can provide great possibilities for exploring return-to-work in a a limited capacity during recovery.
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