She was adamant that it had to be for everyone aged over 50. I demurred. ‘It’s too young,’ I piped up from the sidelines – but to no effect.
Today I saw an older people’s forum advertised in leafy Buckinghamshire, 500 miles and one Act of devolution away from where I live – again for anyone aged over 50.
It seems that the definition of older as 50-plus is near universal, at least in the UK and amongst those who purport to promote the interests of and support older people.
But most people are
- living longer
- staying healthier longer
- retiring later, currently 65 (for men – women are ‘catching up’) and rising.
So how come this obsession with older = 50, fifteen years before most people retire? Can anyone enlighten me?
This is a serious question. Does the cut-off have any standing in law? Is there scientific or medical evidence that this is the age at which people really do become ‘older’? Or is the assumption just a lazy carry-over from the past that is never reviewed?
Answers on a (virtual) post card to the HelpGov blog please.