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75 is the new 65?

by on May 22, 2014

This piece in the Conversation continues a debate we have highlighted regularly (e.g.re the economist report of the same title) on this blog about the use of various demographic statistics and scaremongering about ageing populations.  Here the issue of reviewing the different understandings of ageing and taking multiple measures into consideration is proposed.  Flexibility around working in later life and retirement is also highlighted as key.

Regular readers will know that we keep a particular eye on the use of stock photographs to depict all ages at work.  The one selected by the Conversation seems to break the trend by – shock horror – showing both an older man and woman in work attire using a laptop!  Are some stereotypes starting to be address in the world of stock photography?  Who knows we may soon see a younger person represented without the ubiquitous ‘hoody’ (see previous posts on representation in the news).

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