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Take any card – it will show a key fact about the state of aging in the UK. The Centre for Ageing Better has produced more than 80 of them – they can be downloaded from its website - hoping they will be used in workshops at companies looking to develop new way to treat older employees, for example, or by local authorities wanting to view priorities "through an ageing lens".
Over-50s are more than twice as likely to be out of work for two years or more if they lose their jobs, Overt rejection for age reasons is against the law. But when faced with a mountain of applications age can jump out at hiring managers, resulting in bias – whether conscious or subconscious.
A huge number of older people appears not to have returned to work since the early, most stringent COVID restrictions were relaxed. Over 500,00 over-50s are now either out of work, not seeking jobs or unavailable for employment compared with the number before the pandemic. So said Darren Morgan, head of economic statistics at ONS in an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today programme (18 January at 0719). This was despite the fact that the total number of people on payrolls was "now well above pre-pandemic levels".
A major insurance company is has banned the words “energetic” and “enthusiastic” from its job adverts for fear they deter over-50s from applying, according to a report in the Times. Phoenix Group says the adjectives are "younger age stereotypical. The company is also taking a fresh look at where to advertise to ensure they are seen by older, potential applicants.
Though exercise becomes increasingly important to people as they age, gyms can make them feel as though they have gatecrashed a young people's party. One survey found that almost one third of over-55s were deterred from exercising because they lacked confidence in their abilities – and weren't well represented at fitness centres.
Age is not just the poor relation in diversity politics – it is still perfectly acceptable in a polite society to be rampantly ageist, writes Lucy Kellaway in the Financial Times. "Our blindness to ageism is particularly puzzling as it is a prejudice not against people who are different from us (other races, genders etc) but against our future selves."
Lighting so dim you can't read the menu without turning on your smart phone torch, uncomfortable chairs, loud music that makes conversation a challenge – there's nothing worse than a restaurant that makes you feel like an old git, complains restaurant critic Jay Rayner.
The Government must tackle a looming shortfall in Britain's workforce by supporting "longer and more productive working lives". That is the call from the International Longevity Centre UK in a new report. It says the shortfall could reach 2.6 million workers by 2030, the equivalent of nearly half the number of people working in the NHS.
Consuming more than a half tablespoon of olive oil a day could help you live longer, according to new research. A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology says it cuts he risk of death from heart attacks and cancer plus neurogenerative and respiratory diseases. The study also found that replacing around 10 grams a day of margarine, butter, mayonnaise and dairy fat with the equivalaent amount of olive oil could have similar effects.
The first "age-positive" image library has been launched, in a bid to depict older people in ways that don't stereotype them. Free to use, it already contains over 400 images, such as the one we've used here. The library is the brainchild of the Centre for Ageing Better - a charitable foundation funded by the National Lottery Community Fund - whose mission is to help everyone to enjoy later life.
The pandemic has fuelled a huge jump in the number of silver streamers, according to internet service provider TalkTalk. And as stay at home restrictions have forced them to become more comfortable with life online, the over-75s have upped their internet use more than any other age group, showing a rise of 72%. Meanwhile growth oppportunities for the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video look brightest among older viewers. For example, only half of those aged 55-64 online subscribe or are able to access the former.
Nearly half of Americans over-55s enjoy Christmas shopping less than they used to, according to a new survey. Despite the fact that many of them have more time to seek the perfect gift 48% said some of the shine had worn off. That compared with only 27% of millennials. The research was conducted by Trunk Club – now part of Nordstrom - through which men and women in the US can arrange style consultations and order clothing "Trunks", returning anything they don't like.
Over-55s are increasingly unlocking property wealth to top up pensions and provide their children and grandchildren with lump sums, says the Equity Release Council. Borrowing by using a lifetime mortgage - a type of equity release - rose steadily during the first half of 2021, with more than 35,000 borrowers releasing a total of £2.3bn from the value of their homes.
Average incomes enjoyed by people over 65 in the OECD countries have been growing faster than those of the overall population, according to the organisation's latest annual Pensions at a Glance survey. Though the following are purely national comparisons, Italians in that age group topped the table in 2020, receiving 100% of the overall average disposable income of their fellow citizens. UK citizens in the same age group got just over 80%. French over 65s were second in the table, receiving about 99%, while in the US and Germany it was approximately 94% and 84% respectively.
Channel 4's veteran news presenter Jon Snow is to front a new TV series called "How to Live to 100" - looking at communities known for extraordinary longevity. The 74 year old, who is to step down from his current role, will visit places in Japan, California and the Greek islands, staying, working and eating with residents, and exploring their diets and other reasons they live so long. (Image courtesy Chatham House via Wikimedia Commons)
Can age be treated like illness? Science entrepreneurs have raised around £75 millions to fund efforts to prove it's possible. The money is backing for New York longevity start up Cambrian Biopharma, whose 35 year old co-founder, stem cell biologist James Peyer, believes many age related health problems can be prevented - like polio and tuberculosis. His company website declares: "By building new medicines that targetthe mechanisms underlying disease, we can treat damage at the molecular level long before symptoms manifest"……
Asking a 60 year old when he was planning to retire amounts to age discrimination, an Employment Tribunal judge has ruled. The finding emerged from a case in which a civil servant, who had expressed concern about his health but had no intention of giving up work, sued the Ministry of Defence for unfair treatment.
Over-50s holiday specialist Saga is to give grandparents among its employees a week off to celebrate the birth of grandchildren. The move follows research showing a quarter of working grandparents found it "difficult" to balance the demands of their jobs with childcare……….
Despite more attention being given to older workers and their rights, this article shows that the stereotypes are simply not true and celebrates the value that older, ‘vintage’ workers can bring. Read more