Notice: Access to Special Collections material, the Reading Room, and Instruction will temporarily be suspended starting on Aug.12, 2024 as the collection will be moved from the basement to 3 East. Normal operations are anticipated to resume late in the semester. Read more for current updates.
Notice: Access to Special Collections material, the Reading Room, and Instruction will temporarily be suspended starting on Aug.12, 2024 as the collection will be moved from the basement to 3 East. Normal operations are anticipated to resume late in the semester. Read more for current updates.
Notice: Maintenance affecting the library catalog will occur on July 26-29. The catalog will be available except for newly added e-resources, which will not appear until after the maintenance is completed and the backlog of changes can be delivered - possibly 10 days. In addition, renewals and changes to circulation status will not be visible in the EDS interface during this time.
Notice: Maintenance affecting the library catalog will occur on July 26-29. The catalog will be available except for newly added e-resources, which will not appear until after the maintenance is completed and the backlog of changes can be delivered - possibly 10 days. In addition, renewals and changes to circulation status will not be visible in the EDS interface during this time.
Notice: Due to ongoing construction, 4 East is currently closed to the public.  To obtain items located on 4 East, please place an online request for the item to be paged for you using the ‘Place Request’ button in the catalog. Please visit our Circulation FAQ page for assistance in using our catalog.
Notice: Due to ongoing construction, 4 East is currently closed to the public.  To obtain items located on 4 East, please place an online request for the item to be paged for you using the ‘Place Request’ button in the catalog. Please visit our Circulation FAQ page for assistance in using our catalog.

Ergonomics as We Age

Research shows that as we age, the body undergoes certain changes including with our muscles, joints, eyes, and reaction times. Research also shows that arthritis could be an increased problem for today’s work force. In addition, once you’re injured no matter your age you are more susceptible to injuries.

To ergonomically accommodate these changes and help you be more comfortable, here are some tips to keep in mind.

General Tips

  • Increase area lighting. You might consider getting a task light.
  • Reduce glare on your monitor. Make sure area light is not creating glare. You might also want to tilt your monitor to reduce glare and help with reading the text.
  • Increase the font size.
  • Be aware of neck and shoulder posture and discomfort if using bifocals.
  • Consider purchasing eyeglasses that are prescribed specifically for computer use.
  • Take frequent breaks. Stretch.
  • Carry or push smaller work loads.
  • Rotate duties during the day.
  • Eliminate clutter in the work environment to reduce the potential for falls.
  • Minimize overhead or bent-over work.
  • Get healthy! Being of a healthy weight and exercising has been shown repeatedly to help.

If you were on the floor from falling or have to pick something up, would you be able to easily get up? If you've had surgery or injury that made it difficult, you would know how difficult this can be.

Ways to assist getting up

  • While on your stomach, move to where you are on your hands and knees. You may have to rotate to your side first.
  • Use a stationary object to pull yourself up one leg at a time. If you don’t have a stationary object, you’ll want to move to your toes and fingers and pull yourself up.
  • Exercise to increase muscle strength.

Articles for more information

(Must be affiliated with MSU to access some of these resources)

de Brito, L.B.B. et al. (2012, December 13). Ability to sit and rise from the floor as a predictor of all-cause mortality. European Journal of Preventive Cardiology: http://tinyurl.com/cps44a4.

A less dry article about this article/topic:
Carroll, Linda (2012, December 13). Can you do this? Simple sitting test predicts longevity. NBCNews.com: http://tinyurl.com/bjwzvmo.

More information:

https://ergo-plus.com/ergonomics-aging-workforce-design/ 

http://ergo.human.cornell.edu/AHTutorials/cuseniors.htm