Why are more women working into their 70s?

Following the recent BBC article stating that the proportion of women working into their 70s in the UK has doubled in the last four years, we would like to ask our members:

Do you think this is due to financial necessity or a motivation to stay active? 

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  • Violet  Rook
    9th April 2017

    I read that article Ian and found it very useful. The idea of any age group being stereotyped is very problematic. The "nature" or "nurture" viewpoints seem to be forgotten when it comes to discussing anyone over 65 years old. People are individuals with experiences and backgrounds which are different. My grandmother worked up to the age of 73 years old as a gardener to the 1950's. To many such individuals it was financial need that they undertook hard physical work.

    I think it is a good idea to have a workshop regarding the topic of "working to the age of 70 and over".

  • Irene Soulsby
    7th April 2017

    Possibly a bit of both? Some older people are saying that they are supporting their adult children who may be in need of financial assistance but may be out of work, have health problems, etc.

  • Ian Fairclough
    4th April 2017

    If I was clever - whch I am not - I would like to start a "discussion" on this topic and ask questions such as: "Why is this only focusing on women - why not men as well?"

    Shouldn't the question be "gender neutral"?

    Isn't it of interest as to why more and more elderly people per se are working long after the recognised retirement age?

    Perhaps Voice North should organise a "tea & biscuit" session to discuss this?

    A "starter" for this could be reading this article: "https://theconversation.com/its-time-to-measure-21st-century-aging-with-21st-century-tools-53033

    Voice North
    5th April 2017

    Hi Ian,

    Thanks for your comment. This would be a good topic for discussion, we will take this forward.

    Voice North

    Irene Soulsby
    7th April 2017

    sounds a plan!

  • John Reid
    29th March 2017

    Reflection of economic stress not necessarily personal to the individual but collectively

    to families.

  • Ian Fairclough
    29th March 2017

    This is rather an "odd" discussion!

    To me it reads like a poll.

    This article was generated by the BBC using a combination of facts and speculation with one-sided interviewees.( By Simon Gompertz Personal finance correspondent, BBC. )

    The BBC and the Guardian support the idea that it is for financial reasons.

    The Telegraph and the Daily Mail support the idea that it is a "stay active" reason.

    Other media outlets suggest that it is a mixture of both.

    The vote option you give doesn't give you the option of saying "a mixture of both."

    Seems a bit "political" to me :(

    Voice North
    30th March 2017

    Hi Ian,

    Thank you for your comments. This question has been posted as a poll, the discussion option underneath is if members would like to discuss the topic further.

    Best wishes

    Voice North team

    Ian Fairclough
    30th March 2017

    "we would like to ask our members" - But who is "we" and more importantly "why"?

    Voice North
    31st March 2017

    Hi Ian,

    The 'we' is referring to the Voice North team. We are interested to find out what Voice North members think about this question. We will then feedback the views to our colleagues at the Newcastle University Institute for Ageing.

  • Violet  Rook
    28th March 2017

    There is a lot of ageism in the workplace which is not too visible.

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