2008-04-02 / Editorials

The Wisdom Of Age

To The Editor:

I was reading the paper the other day and was surprise[d] to read about a new type of bias-discrimination, now being termed,"Ageism". The fact is this, it is a reality that [a]ffects those of us over 55, and that effect hit home since I will be 60 next year. I've been working for the same company over twenty-eight years and I had never considered the day I would be thought of as old, or out -of-touch with the up-and-coming trends. I've worked hard all my life and even attended a business school to up-grade my skills. I never thought I would see the day I would be considered, "[o]bsolete". I have not reach[ed ]that point yet, but I have to think about the real possibilities as so many of my peers are forced to do now. Earlier this year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the number of workers over 55 and older reached 21.1 million or 15 percent of the workforce. And [sic] with the 65-plus population expected to double to about 25 percent of the nation by the year 2030. The trend of older American workers working longer will continue, expert[s] say. I think employers and employees are reaching the confrontation stage, we as a society must realize that older people have a lot to offer a company. And let's not stereotype those into a bias category that says older people can't adjust as well as someone younger. As reported by the AARP[,] our society now shows an increase in age discrimination cases, due to a large degree to technology. It is assumed that people in their 50s-60s have a harder time with computers, that in my opinion can't be further from the truth. Well, there are organizations that can help like the AARP who target industries that are particular[ly] friendly to those who have graying hair. Remember, we baby boomers will not take this lying down, we will fight aganist ageism. Remember this to[o], we are not getting older, we are getting better.
Frederick R. Bedell Jr.

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