The fruits of con­tin­u­ing to labour into old age

The Daily Telegraph - - Letters to the editor -

sir – Joe Shute (Fea­tures, Novem­ber 7) high­lights the grow­ing num­ber of re­tirees de­cid­ing to “un­re­tire”.

We know that good work is good for you. While it helps fi­nan­cially, peo­ple also work for the so­cial gains and the sense of pur­pose that they de­rive from em­ploy­ment.

We also know that many peo­ple strug­gle with the tran­si­tion into re­tire­ment. Re­cent re­search shows that one in five adults who re­tired in the past five years ad­mit­ted to find­ing it dif­fi­cult.

There are about one mil­lion peo­ple aged 50-64 out of work in Bri­tain who say that they would like to be in em­ploy­ment. These are in­di­vid­u­als pushed out of work by things such as ill-health, car­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties or re­dun­dancy.

We must en­sure that re­tired peo­ple have a route back into em­ploy­ment. The cur­rent sys­tem is fail­ing far too many.

Jemma Mouland

Se­nior Pro­gramme Man­ager, Cen­tre for Age­ing Bet­ter Lon­don EC1

sir – At the age of 66 I re­newed my PCV li­cence, and am now in my sixth year as a Lon­don bus driver.

I meet peo­ple, en­joy the ca­ma­raderie of my col­leagues, am not stressed by the traf­fic and, when cross­ing Water­loo Bridge, re­gard my­self as a tourist who is paid for it.

An­other driver is four years my se­nior and we do not plan to give up yet – sub­ject to pass­ing the an­nual med­i­cal, of course.

Peter Clark

Can­ter­bury, Kent

Cheers: Ann Hawkins, a nona­ge­nar­ian vol­un­teer grape picker, at work in Stafford­shire

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