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Getting Started June 3, 2009

Posted by Lloyd Davis in announcements.
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According to ONS, “in 2002, women who were aged 65 could expect to live to the age of 84, while men could expect to live to the age of 81. Projections suggest that life expectancies at these older ages will increase by a further three years or so by 2020. The expectation of life for people at 70 and 80 has also gone up. At present there are more older people aged 70 and 80 than ever before.”

There is, undeniably, a New Generation of people, a social group that simply did not exist in any significant number in the past. But these men and women are not only living longer. A large proportion are also living out their ‘old age’ very differently to their parents. Some occasional volunteering or fund-raising won’t satisfy them. Those people who started their working lives rebuilding our entire nation after the war are not necessarily ready to settle into retirement at 60, 70 or even 80. Many want to go on contributing fully to the economy and to society.

And when they do relax, gardening, bingo, golf and a couple of pints down the pub are not enough for this generation. They started partying in the fifties and sixties – these people know how to have fun!

This generation has appeared in media a lot talking about the past. What was it like growing up during and immediately after the war? How did you deal with post-war austerity? What do you remember about the beginnings of rock and roll?

This project will start as a videoblog highlighting the voices and stories of this fascinating new segment of society but focusing on what life is like for them now and how they see the future.

Among other things, we’ll be asking people:

  • What is your experience of being a member of this “new generation?”
  • What grand schemes have you initiated recently?
  • What would you do, if you knew you had another thirty years of productive life?
  • How did you envisage later life when you left school or got married?
  • How’s it different now?
  • What’s it like being 70 years old and still having your mother alive?


1. Rachel M Smith - June 10, 2009

Hello Lloyd – this sounds like a very interesting project, and I imagine it will have some unexpected outcomes!

Some of the people (over-50s) I work with are coping with changes in their lives, such as losing a life-partner, or changes in their health. A chance for them to define themselves in their terms, rather than have labels applied would be beneficial.

Good luck!

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