New demographics, new workspace
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In equating age with the physical ability to work, Reagan was merely echoing a belief system prevalent in the twentieth century – which perceived the value of older people in the workforce to decline in line with their diminishing physical capabilities. But in the twenty-first century, things are already different. Today it is mental capability that increasingly counts and this wisdom and expertise will count even more so tomorrow. Office design, as we have argued, must do more to support this shift – with the ‘heavy lifting’ in the future being done by architects, designers and developers whose task it will be to create a new workplace paradigm for a new type of workforce.