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Nancy Seagraves, 61, works at her computer at an AARP Foundation office in Columbus, Ohio. Seagraves is part of the long powerful baby boomer demographic hit hard by the recession. (AP Photo/Kantele Franko)

U.S. employers are focusing more on skills training as well as employee benefits that help smooth skills gaps left when baby boomers retire, according to a joint poll by the Society for Human Resource Management and AARP.

Seventy-two percent of respondents say they expect the loss of talented older workers to be a problem or a potential problem. Among the actions respondents are taking to bridge the gap include increasing training and cross-training at 45 percent, succession planning at 38 percent, hiring retired employees as consultants or temporary workers at 30 percent, offering flexible work arrangements at 27 percent and creating part-time positions to attract older workers at 24 percent.

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