Michigan To Honor Older Workers

Contact: David Dekker (517) 373-4082
Agency: Services to the Aging, Office of

September 17, 2007

In honor of the contributions of the older workforce, the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging (OSA) encourages employers to observe 2007 National Employ Older Workers Week, September 23 to 29.

This is an important opportunity for elected officials, employers, and the general public to highlight the vital role of older workers in the current labor force, and the continuing importance of the participation of older workers in meeting the employment needs of the 21st century.

"Our state has greatly benefited from older workers," said Sharon Gire, OSA Director. "Michigan is fortunate to have so many older adults who continue to live productive lives by serving others through their jobs."

National Employ Older Workers Week showcases the success of the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. The Michigan Older American Community Service Employment Program is administered with funding from SCSEP.

SCSEP provides part-time opportunities for training and employment for limited income adults, aged 55 or older. Since its inception 40 years ago, SCSEP has assisted more than one million people each year to enter the job market by developing job skills that correspond to the rapidly changing demands of the business sector.

Because our older population will continue to grow dramatically in the years ahead, we must continue to find ways to engage them in productive work that will keep them active, and supplement their retirement income, Gire said.

With their labor skills and experience, strong work ethic, flexibility and dedication, older adults are a valuable asset to their employers and communities. Older adults are playing an increasingly important role in maintaining our economy and asserting America's leadership in the world marketplace.

For more information, please go to www.michigan.gov/miseniors or call (517) 373-8230.