There are certain stigmas that seem to be connected with older workers, such as being unable to learn the latest technologies. Of course there isn’t any study to back up that assertion but it is still believed by some. Another common myth is that older workers will be sick all the time resulting in many sick days and an increase in the cost of health insurance. A study by the Government Accountability Office suggests that some employers may take that into account when considering hiring older workers.
“Long-term unemployment can put older workers at risk of deferring needed medical care, losing their homes, and accumulating debt. The experts and staff GAO interviewed at some one-stop career centers, as well as the unemployed older workers who participated in GAO’s focus groups, identified employer reluctance to hire older workers as a key challenge that older workers face in finding reemployment.”
Unfortunately there probably is some truth to this because if you don’t have health insurance than you probably wouldn’t even consider having any type of health procedure being done. This is a difficult situation to be in and unfortunately there will be probably be a greater number of folks in the near future that will find themselves dealing with the same problem. Lack of health care can be devastating to anyone at any age.
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