and whilst I may be old/aged/mature and a touch grumpy there is a problem when it comes to our children reaching their middle age and cannot find a job because they are ‘too old’.
It is called Age Discrimination.
You’ve may well have come across this before when someone defines your abilities by your age, or assumes you can’t contribute because you’re too young or that you wouldn’t understand because you’re too old. That’s age discrimination, and it’s getting worse.
Age discrimination can happen to us all, but it hits older citizen the hardest.
Now you may wonder why I should pontificate on this subject and it is because we as Seniors are living, working and staying active for longer. It can hold us back at a time when for example we should be enjoying the use of computing devices of any and all kinds if we did not already used them in our employment before retirement.
For those of us who are mature it is becoming more and more vital for business as employers, employees, producers and consumers. Age discrimination forgets that Seniors – that is anyone over 50 – are the engine rooms of our communities, volunteering more hours than anyone else in the country, and that their experience, wisdom and generosity provides positive role models for us all.
Here is a little video made in Australia by the Australian Human Rights Commission that my older son sent me, and it puts it quite succinctly.
We are all getting older, wouldn’t it be nice if we could help to stop age discrimination before it stops us. Maybe you too can help to put the positivity back into ageing.