Reducing Risk Factors in the Aging Workforce. Cindy Roth Ergonomic Technologies Corp. AGING. Aging is a very different process today than it was a century ago
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damage to hearing
Decreased muscle mass and strength
Increased muscle response time and fatigue
Reduce work with static muscle effort (e.g. sustained positions)
Increase use of mechanical lifts
Keep work in "neutral zone"
Stretch upper body throughout the day
Continue or begin regular exercise programsLoss of Muscle Strength
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Older people can benefit from exercise
Doctors have been accused of failing to encourage elderly people to take exercise that would be beneficial for their general health.
Doctors and often the aging themselves fear that more damage is likely to be done by exercising in old age, or that chronic disease has its roots earlier in life, so there is little point trying to reverse the process
Lack of sleep can cause chemical changes in the body
Sleep deprivation has a similar impact on the body to the aging process and may increase the severity of age-related chronic disorders such as heart disease and diabetes, researchers have found
"We suspect that chronic sleep loss may not only hasten the onset, but could also increase the severity of age-related ailments such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity and memory loss."
About 1/2 all of smokers between of 35 and 69 die ahead of time but the new smokers replace them
Smokers could be losing an average of 20 to 25 years of their life
Everyone knows that smoking effects the heart and the lungs
A new study shows that smoking can further increase diabetics' already high risks of heart disease and blood-clotting problems
Add Osteoporosis, Back Pain, and Fractures to nicotine's Health Threats
Extension 45 degrees
75% of Grip Strength
Neutral 0 degrees
100% of Grip Strength
Flexion 45 degrees
45% of Grip Strength
Power grasp = 100% of max grip strength
Pinch grasp = 25% of max grip strength
Vacuum nozzle - "bend the tool, not the wrist"!