Views on older peo­ple in the work­force

The Observer - - YOUR SAY -

IN AN­SWER to MJ’s page (12/01/19): keep­ing older peo­ple (70s, 80s, 90s) in the work­force is one way to save money on pen­sions, although I’d pre­sume that most older peo­ple are on su­per­an­nu­a­tion.

Peo­ple re­tire early then find they can’t af­ford their pre­ferred life­style so go back to work again.

Ill­ness or de­men­tia is a prob­lem and of­ten em­ploy­ees do not re­alise they are in­ca­pable of do­ing the job.

Older peo­ple are less flex­i­ble or ca­pa­ble of learn­ing new skills. Age dis­crim­i­na­tion is com­mon not only in the work­force but through­out so­ci­ety.

Older peo­ple work­ing means fewer jobs for young peo­ple and fewer vol­un­teers avail­able for char­i­ties, which may fold for lack of helpers.

LYNDA PEARCE, Kin Kora

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