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Analysis of the Dilemma of Re-employment of Low-age Elderly People and Reflections on Countermeasures--Based on the Perspective of Social Support Theory

Jiabin Wu*, Li Chen


As the degree of aging in China continues to deepen and the life expectancy per capita increases, using human resources for the
elderly has become an important means of releasing the demographic dividend. Based on the social support theory, this paper analyses from
the perspectives of individuals, governments, and employers, and concludes that the main reasons for the plight of the elderly in re-employment are the irregularities in the flexible labor market and the lack of professional service institutions at the governmental level, the insufficient excavation of re-employment work at the community level, and the age discrimination in employment and the avoidance of liability for
work-related injuries at the enterprise level. Based on this, we propose that the community should play a pivotal role, and the government
should adopt differentiated measures to help ease the plight of the elderly in re-entering the workforce.


Low-age Seniors, Re-employment of Seniors, Social Support

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18686/fm.v9i4.13094