Nearly one in five seniors stalled in mid-level jobs due to diabetes

Over one-third of seniors say they were forced to take unpaid low-paying and unsafe work hours that made them miss home and sick days according to a new study.

Many older Americans are currently stuck in low-occupational jobs that do not allow them to attend home wrote David E. Kelley PhD Faye Crabtree and colleagues in a report published in the Journal of the Gerontological Association: Health. Our research indicates that among seniors the importance of ensuring they are not working at home when they are physically unable to do so is so important that working from home should be guaranteed for all elderly Americans they explained.

For the survey the researchers asked a cross-section of more than 4000 people aged 65 and older to rate the importance of jobs that allow them to work from home. They reported their opinion when they contacted staff at Medicaid managed facilities around the United States to leverage that information. The researchers responded to 2176 respondents 70 percent of whom were white and almost one-third were black.

The respondents rated work-from-home preference work hours and pay and working from home. They also reported their total hours length of stay and days off work. Overall 54 percent responded to feeling forced to work from home.

The most common reasons given for being forced to work from home were physical not being able to find time to do so lack of time to stop to eat and to make sure they were taking their medications and to do the dishes to be able to make so many meals.

All respondents were either unemployed or seeking employment and 84 percent said it had become more difficult to find a job and 85 percent said they ended up being let go.

The researchers found that more than 90 percent of those who said they had begun working from home reported that it was unsafe or difficult to find a job. Only 24 percent of respondents said it was relatively easy to find a job and 24 percent said it was relatively easy to find a job.

Apparently people reporting an easier time finding a job than those who reported being forced to work from home did so because they were more likely to wear coverings and were less likely to have safe places to be able to charge a phone or communicate with anybody.

Although the researchers were not able to determine how much the stigma associated with the aspect of not being able to work from home impacted respondents the effect was most pronounced among Hispanic respondents who were less likely to access jobs or receive unemployment supports.

Researchers noted that during the survey window the impact of stigma among older workers was greatest among people who were physically unable to work.

Kelley a professor of nursing said that the new research affirms the importance of recognizing that the use of work from home is a significant problem that can significantly impact older Americans daily lives and is associated with delayed home health and functional independence.

Such delay can result in reduced ability to fulfill essential needs and be considered for care dependent function and quality of life wrote researchers.

The report is published in the Journal of Gerontology Gerontologyopharmacology.