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The Value, Role of Older Workers in Strengthening the Workforce, Economy

May 4 Forum on the Future Breakfast

Having a strong and talented workforce is vital in keeping the state’s economy robust and healthy. With its low rate of unemployment, New Hampshire is committed to making sure businesses and manufacturers have the employees they need to grow.

This was the topic of the May 4 Forum on the Future Breakfast, during which a panel discussed the role of older workers, with their knowledge and experience, in being a resource for meeting the demand, organized by the New Hampshire College and University Council.

“Most beliefs about aging are outdated,” said Todd Fahey, state director for AARP, who moderated the discussion.

The age of 65 has long been synonymous with the age people retire; that’s not the case anymore, he said. People are living longer, healthier lives and most baby boomers want to work.

As they continue to work, it is possible for there to be synergy between generations, said Will Arvelo, director of the Division Of Economic Development. Much is lost if experienced, older workers depart their jobs, taking with them their valuable training.

“That is something really powerful,” he said, in terms of mentorship and knowledge transfer.

Other speakers included Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig; Manchester Community College President Susan Huard; Granite State College President Mark Rubenstein; Robert Segal, CEO, Automotive Supply Association and Sanel Auto Parts, and Deanna Strand, executive director, Dover Adult Learning Center.

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