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Citation:  Cichy, Kelly E.; Leslie, Mykal; Rumrill, Phillip D.; Koch, Lynn C. (2017). Population aging and disability: Implications for vocational rehabilitation practice. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 47 (2), 185-196.
Title:  Population aging and disability: Implications for vocational rehabilitation practice
Authors:  Cichy, Kelly E.; Leslie, Mykal; Rumrill, Phillip D.; Koch, Lynn C.
Year:  2017
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Publisher:  IOS Press
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.3233/JVR-170894
Full text:  https://content.iospress.com/articles/journal-of-vocational-rehabil...   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Yes

Structured abstract:

Background:  The aging of the Baby Boom generation (born 1946–1964) coupled with medical advances and declines in the birth rate have contributed to a growth in the numbers of older adults. Vocational rehabilitation counselors will play an increasingly important role in working to address the unique challenges and opportunities inherent in this demographic shift.
Purpose:  The goals of this paper are threefold: 1) to provide an overview of demographic trends and the implications of population aging for individuals, families, and society; 2) to consider the unique implications of specific emerging age-related disabilities; and 3) to describe the changing role of rehabilitation counselors to address the growing needs of the aging population.
Data collection and analysis:  Through a review of the literature on population aging, disability, and vocational rehabilitation, we explored the implications of population aging for rehabilitation counselors.
Findings:  The review revealed implications of population aging for families, for work and retirement, and for health and disability. Rheumatoid arthritis and stroke were found to be among the most significant emerging age-related disabilities due to their prevalence and implications for employment in later life.
Conclusions:  The aging of the population has several implications for rehabilitation counselors, and these implications and recommendations for working with older clients and meeting their unique, growing needs are discussed.

Disabilities served:  Multiple disabilities
Interventions:  Vocational rehabilitation