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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 7, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 25
Hopkins Joins AARP Project to Keep Older Americans in the Work Force

By Gary Stephenson
Johns Hopkins Medicine

The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, including Bayview Medical Center, announced last week that it will participate in a major new program developed by the American Association of Retired Persons Foundation to help Americans age 50 and older to find jobs and stay in the work force.

Hopkins joins 12 other prominent organizations as Featured Employers committed to an aggressive program of recruiting, hiring and retaining mature workers.

Other participating employers are Adecco, AlliedBarton Security Services, Borders Group, Express Personnel Services, Kelly Services, Manpower, MetLife, Pitney Bowes, Principal Financial Group, Home Depot, Universal Health Services and Walgreens.

The overall goal of AARP Foundation's Workforce Initiative is to connect mature workers with job opportunities by linking them with skills assessment tools and training resources. The program also will help match those in search of full- or part-time jobs or new careers with companies who value their experience.

"The strength of this program involves commitment on the state and local level working with both the public and private work force sectors to provide connections for mature workers seeking employment," said Ronald R. Peterson, president of JHHS. "We see this as a win-win for Hopkins and for the community."

"We are working with these forward-thinking businesses to increase the impact of an aging work force on the economy," said Jerry Florence, director of the AARP Foundation. "We want to improve the economic well-being of mature workers seeking employment and build awareness of the need for and value of the older worker."

In February 2004 the AARP Foundation announced its first hiring partnership, with the Home Depot, to attract, motivate and retain eligible older workers as part- and full-time associates in new and existing stores across the country. Hundreds of thousands of inquiries were received immediately and throughout the year from AARP members and others interested in employment.

According to AARP, by 2010 almost one in three workers will be at least 50. As boomers begin to approach retirement age, the pool of replacement workers will not be large enough to meet employers' labor demands. In working with the AARP Foundation, Featured Employers have recognized the need to prepare for the changing work force. Job seekers can visit AARP's Web site

to learn about types of jobs available, benefits and how to apply; it also provides a link to applications, instructions and additional information for each company. Job search assistance and resources geared toward the 50-plus worker can be found at

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that represents people aged 50 and older. The AARP Foundation is AARP's affiliated charity.


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