Rather than identify as old or young, be an “old person in training” |
The height of the baby boom, the period of high fertility in rich countries after the second world war, was The traditional retirement age is 65, and is 65 years later. One might therefore expect peak retirement for baby-boomers in the coming years—except that they are not retiring. By continuing to work, and staying socially engaged, the boomers, in their new guise as the young old, will change the world, as they have done several times before at different stages of their lives. The yold are more numerous, healthier and wealthier than previous generations of seniors. That is the fastest rate of growth of any large age group.
Rather than identifying as old, young or middle-aged, be an “old person in training” instead
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Ask what shifted in their mind once they had a number, and ask why they think they needed to know. We ask partly out of sheer habit, carried over from childhood, when a month was an eternity and each year marked developmental changes and new freedoms. We ask because age functions as a convenient shorthand, a way to contextualize accomplishments and calibrate expectations.