Growing old is not a slow march toward obscurity
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Growing old is not a slow march toward obscurity


The classic view is that retirement is a perpetual holiday after a lifetime of work, a view that is outdated, argues Melissa Kwee, the chief executive officer of the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre.

Instead, think of your life as a long play that is broken up into several acts. This means that the last act of your life should be the most exciting one yet.

So instead of seeing post-retirement as being a long march to obscurity, Kwee suggests that the elderly can lead exciting and meaningful lives, through a second career and volunteering. And indeed, there has been a marked increase in the number of seniors signing up to be volunteers, she notes.

But achieving this means that stereotypes about seniors need to change, including problematic ones such as ageism. Shifting these mindsets about seniors will help all our seniors lead happier and more meaningful post-retirement lives.

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