An “ancient” posting of mine, over on older2elder, took me to an excellent 2015 New York Times article, When Outside Factors Dictate Retirement Age. Even more relevant today as on 01/09/15. As a member of the Radical Age Movement, Leslye Evans-Lane’s story leapt out at me.
The article describes the 60-year old board-certified academic coach as being ” in a situation where retirement might be the graceful choice.”
I was curious – what would inspire such a “graceful choice”?
Ah, it was a tale that’s all too prevalent in today’s culture. Not a lack of ability & skills, but a limited expectation & frankly insulting assumptions of what an older person brings to today’s workforce. The person choosing to exit gracefully isn’t the only loser – so is the company that could have gained from having talents teamed with experience.
After a move meant a job search, Ms. Evans-Lane found herself unable to find one that made use of those talents & expertise. It didn’t dawn on people interviewing her that she was digitally proficient & they assumed that her age precluded her from doing what she’d done to great acclaim for years ~ relate to 18-year olds. done that before.”Another potential employer told her that she “couldn’t relate to 18-year-olds,” she recalled.
How well I & others know her feeling of “shock, denial and depression.” She never thought her field could be so short-sighted by ageism. Nor did I.