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Looking for a good time? Hang out with a few pensioners!

Today is the World Health Organisation’s ‘International Day of Older Persons’.  There are a lot of us – 600 million over-sixties world-wide. The figure will double to  1.2 billion by 2025 and reach two billion by 2050.  We’re part of a demographic revolution – a force to be reckoned with.

In New Zealand,  Age Concern is marking this as ‘Awareness Week’ with celebrations around the country.  

Not everybody will be celebrating. A survey of New Zealanders over 50 conducted by housing charity Abbeyfield and the Auckland University of Technology found that about a third of respondents had experienced age discrimination. A third is a lot.

But the news wasn’t all bad. 85.5% thought other people viewed them as younger than they really were, with only 2% thinking they were older. That’s my experience and the experience of a number of my ‘elderly’ friends. The commonest thing said to Judy and me (Judy’s quite a bit younger) on our  daily walk around Ponsonby/Herne Bay is, ‘Gosh you two are looking really great!’ We ignore the tone of surprise and accept the compliment for what it is.  Read the rest of this entry »