This is my first question here so I apologize if the format is not quite correct. However because even is this specific situation multiple people are affected, I thought it could be a relevant question in general.
Relevant country is in North America
My father has worked as a senior compounder in the fashion industry at a single company for over 37 years. He has been generally satisfied with the work. Over the last year a number of drastic changes have been taking place at the workplace due to the company's decision to remove the manufacturing department at the location where my father works. Employees were offered a severance package or the ability to try to stay at the location on probation but switch to a completely different type of work (distribution) at reduced pay. Despite my advice, my father remained at the job.
Currently the probation period is still going on, but by his description the new work is menial, stressful, and very physically demanding. I am concerned for his mental and physical health remaining at this job and I want to try to help him find something better. Whenever I have mentioned something along these lines to him he says that he is 'too old to be hired elsewhere' and 'jobs are scarce', etc.
So the main question: For someone who for whatever reason is forced to leave work when very close to retirement, and who's past work skills are generally obsolete or very specific to the company which they are leaving, what kind of livable options are there that I could suggest? Are their any organizations or government programs that could help?