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Rich

Older people (already counting myself at 57) tend to have more broad experiences and knowledge that can benefit others. As you point out, this raises our cost through generally higher salaries.

However, we also tend to be less open to new ideas. This diminishes our value, particularly in a rapidly changing world. Unfortunately, even if we are among those who willingly adapt to new ideas, the preconception tends to stick.

Each of these generalizations lead us down a path where advanced age becomes a growing obstacle to employment. An unpleasant circumstance, to be sure, particularly for those of us who still have so much to offer.

Howard Davidson

Several years ago I read a book by Ronald Blythe, The View From Winter. Published 1979. He conducted a number of interviews with old (older?) people in England. Many from small towns. They were long-retired. Most in their late seventies, eighties, a few in their nineties. Miners, farmers, car mechanics, nurses, teachers. They all offered their perspective on becoming old. Various reactions from peace of mind, serenity to resentment and fear. What struck me was the fatalism. They all knew there was nothing to be done about advancing age, and approaching death. One thing that came through was the common sense that every moment of life that remains is to be cherished. The other thing that struck me was that this generation had experienced what many of us now would call grinding poverty. Most of these people had not experienced the privileges of life.

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