A Population Growing Younger? – Part 2

Elderly? How does that noun fit in the context of the longevity premise of “A Population Growing Younger”? The sentence on page 5 of July 24th C.D. Howe e-brief suggests: “The forthcoming generation of elderly will be more educated, which may allow for more flexibility therefore lay the ground for double career paths.”

And the e-brief paragraph goes on: “Surveys show that a significant percentage of 50-plus workers would like to embrace an encore career…” Great examples of the options in that preference follow. However how does “elderly” fit as a descriptor of a 50 -plus worker?

Earlier on page 2 of this e-brief, we hear about, “the contribution of a growing number of 60-plus Canadians with much to add to the labour force.” So where is the elderly starting line? And when do the elderly retire? Messing with words I know.

Yet if a serious social policy is going to speak to a so called “population growing younger”, ought not there be some consistency in the way we frame the language in the message? In Canada the government continues to play with the time lines on CPP and OAS as a way of not only addressing economic issues of extended lifetimes, but supposedly to help extend options for better labour force participation after traditional retirement ages of 60-65.

What’s a labour force to a “population growing younger”? Read the e-brief. Look at the list of “encore career” options and what do you find that fits with the word labour?

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