Thursday 27 April 2017

Give older people ownership of lives

Older people should be able to work for a few days a week after retirement age so the economy can be more productive than it has been in a more rigid society. (Stock photo)
Older people should be able to work for a few days a week after retirement age so the economy can be more productive than it has been in a more rigid society. (Stock photo)
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Sir - Honesty, straight-talking and a reluctance to toe the line sometimes can hamper you when you see an injustice, but never give up when you think your point is valid.

Today, we are becoming more institutionalised. It is far more important to defend the institution than protect older people. To us, that is indefensible. Older people should not be the property of any institution.

Their answer to everything is more control, more centralisation, less democracy and less democratic input and we, the older people, are the ones who are suffering. Institutions should respect and treasure the democratic decision-making of older people. We should feel ownership of our own lives.

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