Posted by: ugleepen | July 27, 2011

Arthritis Study: Arthritis Ridden Blue-Collar Employees Working Past Age 65

arthritis in blue collar workersHealthDay News has posted an article on a study released by Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health on older workers and arthritis that is an interesting look at arthritis as it is impacting the American workplace.

Although many Americans continue to work beyond retirement age, blue-collar workers are more likely to remain on the job after they turn 65 than white-collar employees, the study found.

The researchers also found that lower-income workers are at greater risk for developing chronic and painful conditions, particularly arthritis, later in life.

In conducting the study, published in the July 21 online edition of the American Journal of Public Health, researchers compared age- and job-related information on 17,967 workers with and without arthritis. They found that at all ages, the health of blue-collar workers was worse than white-collar workers.

Service workers and farm workers are the blue-collar employees most likely to be among the 49 million adults in the United States with arthritis, the study showed.

Although 21 million adults with arthritis suffer some form of disability from the condition, the researchers pointed out service and farming jobs are unlikely to come with pension plans. That may be one reason why researchers found that 58 percent of service workers and 67 percent of farm workers remain on the job despite struggling with the painful disease.

Overall, about 15 percent of all workers remain in the workforce past retirement age and a full 44 percent of them have arthritis, the investigators found.

“The increasing age of the U.S. workforce presents new challenges for government, employers and working families,” study senior author Dr. Peter Muennig, an associate professor of Health Policy and Management, noted in the news release. “It is estimated that by the year 2030, approximately 67 million adults aged 18 years and older will have arthritis.”

Managing arthritis on a daily basis, especially when putting in a full day’s work, can be a challenge. My UGLee Pen is one tool that can help prevent further discomfort in arthritic hands. When writing even a simple grocery list causes pain, the ergonomic UGLee Pen, with its comfort design, can relax your hand and allow you to write with greater ease.

I would like to thank HealthDay for this article information (Copyright © 2011 HealthDay. All rights reserved). For further information, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides additional statistics on arthritis.

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