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Being and Well-BeingHealth and the Working Bodies of Silicon Valley$
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J.A. English-Lueck

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804771573

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804771573.001.0001

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Wearable Parts

Wearable Parts

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Being and Well-Being
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The cohort born after World War II is a transitional group that includes those forty-five to sixty-five years old. The leading edge is moving into retirement and the trailing edge is entering late middle age. In Silicon Valley's professional work, these people are highly experienced, and in many ways established the ground rules of the work culture, but less expensive, younger workers are waiting in the wings. That age group also has stressful family and household obligations, to both parents and children. These years constitute the age when it becomes evident that there are “Wearable Parts,” the subject of this chapter. Problems with eyes, knees, backs, and skin intensify. Obesity, Type-2 diabetes, coronary artery disease (CAD), and autoimmune diseases appear. Fatigue, the enemy of productivity, becomes harder to manage. This is the age of management, across a number of arenas. The work self has been created, but must be remolded to fit the changing circumstances.

Keywords:   Silicon Valley, baby boomers, health, work

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