Fifty-nine year old Tom Watson became the hero of many fifty- and nearly sixty-year olds on the weekend when, at just a whisker away from retirement age, he nearly took one of the most prestigious titles in the sporting calendar – the British Golf Open.
It was interesting how much of the coverage focussed on his age. “Golden oldie Tom Watson offers one for the aged” was one headline, and many others had a similar flavour.
But as people in the developed world are living longer, should we be re-evaluated what ‘old’ means?
And if ‘old’ isn’t as old as it used to be, what should be the consequences of that? Do we all have to accept that we will work longer? Should the age that we access public pension funds be later?
And if we’re saying that we should be able to work later, what about other social aspects like having children? There was much outcry when a 66 year old Spanish woman conceived (she has since died – you talked about this on the blog last week). If forty is the new thirty, then what age are you ‘past it’ when it comes to doing things like having children, working, driving and starting a new career? (This psychologist argues that forty is the new twenty when it comes to having children.)
If you’re getting older, do you feel pressure to keep ‘acting young’. Or do you feel as though society still wants you to ‘act your age’?