That’s the news from the Government today and an announcement we are pleased to see given so much prominence.
This subject has far-reaching consequences that need dealing with today. We can’t wait for these babies to come of age – as we are already aware, we are starting to experience the impact of an ageing population now. Hopefully today’s facts and figures from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) will bring it home to everyone that this situation will alter the way we all live our lives in the future.
Longevity means a booming population, more mouths to feed, potentially more support through our health systems. So how do we achieve this?
The most obvious way will be through employment and working longer. With current state pensions unlikely to provide the full support we will need in later life, the option facing many of us will be to work past traditional retirement age. The milestone ages of 60 and 65 will be forgotten as working lives extend into the 70s and possibly beyond.
It all sounds a little gloomy but no-one can deny or reverse the changing trend of our population demographics. What we have to do is start addressing the situation.
A large number of residents in our villages choose to go to work way after their 60th or 65th birthday. They don’t appear to find it a problem – on the contrary, they insist it keeps them mentally and physically astute. We need to take a leaf out of their book. Far from being a negative situation, reaching 50 (potentially the midway point of your life) should be embraced, celebrated and a plan of action for the next 50 years set out ahead.
Obviously, this approach needs tempering with a few reality checks – good health and fitness being the main factors. But none of us can deny what’s happening to our population and we welcome the Government’s news today – it brings the subject into sharp focus for us all.
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