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NOTES ON THE OFFICE: THE GOLDEN WILL RULE

 NOTES ON THE OFFICE: THE GOLDEN WILL RULE
 NEW YORK, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Dreading retirement? According


to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, your worries may be premature. They project that by 2005, when the bulk of Americans reach retirement age, more will choose to continue to work; almost 14.7 percent of the workforce will be over 55. Others push the percentage to 25 percent.
 Ken Dychwald, Ph.D., president of Age Wave, Inc. a California-based consulting group specializing in geriatric issues for business and government, argues, "If you know you will live eight or nine decades, does it make any sense at all to retire from all work in your 50s and early 60s? As the pace of discovery quickens and as our appetite for learning increases, we'll find ourselves being retrained and retooled many times throughout our lives."
 According to Dr. Marian Patterson, a neuropschologist at the University Hospitals of Cleveland, adjustability in the office is critical in keeping the aging workforce productive. "People who are successful in restructuring the physical environment to meet their present needs are more likely to remain successful and to remain on the job."
 Employers will find that accommodating the needs older workers need not be costly or difficult. Such items as telephone receiver amplifiers and height-adjustable tables are readily available and easily installed.
 Some office furnishings manufacturers are addressing the changing needs of an older workforce. The Knoll Group, based in New York, recently introduced a new storage unit for use in open plan office systems. Outfitted with a pneumatic action door, the overhead unit allows users to open and close the unit easily with the touch of a finger. Asks Leonard Kruk, Ph.D., director of workplace lab research at Knoll, "Why should we ever have to think about quitting work? That's what is exciting about the information explosion. As we get older, we become more valuable."
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Leonard Kruk is available for interviews. Photos available./
 /CONTACT: Coco Kim of the Knoll Group, 800-223-1354, ext. 9709/ CO: Knoll Group ST: New York IN: SU: ECO


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