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Letters Caring for an ageing workforce

Ageing workforce: sustaining the “longevity dividend”

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 08 October 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l5889
  1. Desmond J O’Neill, professor in medical gerontology
  1. Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, Tallaght University Hospital, Dublin D24 NR0A, Republic of Ireland
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An aspect often missed in discourse on ageing and the workforce,1 is the benefit of maturity to the workplace.2 The exemplar is Captain Chesley Sullenberger: despite slower reaction times than younger pilots, his experience and maturity were critical to the safe landing of his disabled airliner on the Hudson river. This “longevity dividend” is replicated …

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