AARP Taps Elder Friendly Employers

September 24, 2002 ( - Older workers looking for potential employers who would welcome them can get a few suggestions from a new American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) list.

According to a Reuters report, the AARP list contains the 15 companies and organizations that the elder Americans’ lobbying group believes are best at:

  • encouraging workers over 50 to stay on the job
  • offering flexible and part-time work schedules
  • providing health and retirement benefits
  • encouraging continued career development.

The Reuters report said the older workers’ all-star companies included Howard University in Washington, DC, where 45% of employees are older than 50 and Baptist Health South Florida, a hospital system where nearly half the executive staff is past the half-century mark.

The system has five hospitals. One-fifth of its 8,600 employees are over 50.

The other 13 companies AARP selected are:

  • ABN AMRO North America Inc of Chicago
  • Prudential Financial Inc. of Newark, New Jersey
  • Qualcomm Inc . of San Diego
  • Caliber of Alexandria, Virginia
  • The Stanley Group of Muscatine, Iowa
  • New York Life Insurance Company of New York
  • The Hartford Financial Services Group of Hartford, Connecticut
  • Adecco Employment Service Inc. of Melville, New York
  • DaVita Inc. of Torrance, California
  • Ultratech Stepper of San Jose, California
  • MITRETEK Systems Inc. of Falls Church, Virginia
  • The Aerospace Corp. of El Segundo, California
  • Principal Financial Group of Des Moines, Iowa