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Master of Science


Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


Older women workers report experiencing occupational injustices however the literature focuses on barriers faced rather than understanding the needs-based strategies empowering women as they age at work. This study engaged women aged 55 and older in a participatory action research project defining and examining strategies for older women workers’ health and wellbeing. In Phase 1, a key informant advisory group (N = 4) defined the problem and guided the design of an open answer survey conducted with 72 older women in work. Three categories emerged informing the fundamental, instrumental, and contextual needs of older women workers. Meeting fundamental needs may proactively retain older women in work, while addressing instrumental needs may inform women’s prioritizing their needs as they age at work. This suggests a contextual health promotion approach will best serve older women’s needs to flourish in work.