The ‘no win’ scenario of older people ‘blocking jobs’ or being a ‘negative burden’ on family and the state, is not only a perpetuation of a divisive ideology instilled across generations – it is also a distraction from the fact that older people, like anyone else acquire considerable, variable and multi-faceted capabilities which enable them to make valuable contributions. All that remains for them to be able to carry on, is for society to let this to happen.
I read with enormous concern the front page media headline last week talking about ‘Older Slackers’. I wonder if the media knows the lengths that people over 50 have to go through to even get a CV looked at, let alone an interview, training or promotion prospects. Many people will look at the headline and form an opinion without ever reading the content. Share this post: Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it Print for later Tell a friend
We learned the sad news at the weekend that Ronan O’Gara will be retiring from international rugby! Which has got us at Age UK London thinking about retirement and the best way to spend your life outside of employment.
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Exciting news… following my last post, the hundreds of women who converged on Westminster on the 18 May to lobby their MPs – some with their husbands – have forced the Government to rethink its plans over pensions. Congratulations to all of those women and everyone else who wrote to their local MP!
Today, hundreds of women aged 51 to 58 from all over the country will be descending on Westminster to protest against the Government’s plans to increase the State Pension Age for women to 66 by 2020.
Well not exactly… but a recent story in the press pointed out an interesting new trend. In 2010, over a third of newly created jobs were being taken by those over 65 and out of work. These people might be taking up a job at 65+ to cover what their pension won’t stretch to, and to make up for savings which no longer pay decent interest. Or, given the role of grandparents these days, even to pay their grandchildren’s university fees! The news often focuses on youth unemployment and worries about what young people – the lost generation – are […]