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Table 4 Challenges associated with meetings and ongoing education programs that have become more difficult with age

From: Beyond 50. challenges at work for older nurses and allied health workers in rural Australia: a thematic analysis of focus group discussions

Challenges impacted by age-related factors Reported reasons why each is more difficult
1. Travel to meetings and conferences Age-related factors:
In particular: ▪ Less stamina, staying power for long distance driving
▪ Long distance and night driving to meetings ▪ Night driving:
     - Glare of lights, vision not as sharp
     - "Lots of signs, adds to confusion"
  Exacerbated by:
  ▪ Ergonomics of smaller and lower cars
  ▪ Tight time frames (rushing)
2. Participation in ongoing education Age related factors:
In particular: ▪ Difficulty retaining 'new learnings'
▪ Going to educational courses Exacerbated by:
▪ Difficulty learning new skills eg. surgical procedures ▪ Can't find time to go, can't find the time to read about courses
▪ Negative responses to older workers wanting/participating in training ▪ Locations - hard to get to (see travel difficulties)
     - Usually located hours away - time to get there and back
     - Very early leaving and very late getting back
  ▪ Attitudes toward older workers showing an interest or participating in courses:
     - Offered to younger staff in preference
     - Feeling of being overlooked for courses, "you'll be retiring soon" ...but a prevailing belief it is more likely older workers will stay in a place for longer
  ▪ In contrast, participants also reported that some workers "flatly refuse to go/change or learn - doggedness" (which doesn't help those who want to)
3. Hearing speech in video and teleconferencing meetings Age related factors:
  ▪ Deteriorating hearing - 'noise induced' for some
  Exacerbated by:
  ▪ Nature of communication system