People visit an exhibition about demographic change called 'Ey Alter' by car-maker Mercedes Benz in Berlin, Germany June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt
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Those are some attitudes about older workers that carmaker Mercedes-Benz is trying to dispel as Germany grapples with the challenges of an aging society.It turns out that this correspondent, real age 45, has a biological age of 36, but 119 years of life experience.The average age of Daimler's 136,000 employees in Germany is 44.7 years.Rival carmaker BMW expects workers aged over 50 to make up more than 35 percent of its workforce by 2020, from 25 percent in 2014 .In addition to the exhibition, Mercedes has introduced demographic audits across the company to encourage employees and management to openly discuss the age structure of their teams and address ways to promote cooperation between young and old.Mercedes is not alone in seeking to address the challenge of an aging population.Germany now has one of Europe's highest rates of older people working.
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