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How to meet the challenge of ageing populations

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 20 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3815

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Re:A vicious cycle? Not so vicious, just often a lot gentler than pre retirement

Thing is though, according to the recently published report by the
College of psychiatrists into the drinking habits of older people (which
has had scorn heaped upon it by the C.E. of SAGA and provided loads of
opportunities for twittering fun by especially retired people with time to
listen to R4 this a.m. (instead of rushing to work)), too many of us seem
to be drinking ourselves into an early grave to worry much about being
productive in the sense you probably mean. There are though other
definitions of a useful and productive retirement, including showing others
how how lovely it is to enjoy greater leisure, whether tripping (over) to
the pub to catch up with the news, have a laugh, share various sorrows and
joys, not to say enjoy the effect of a drink or two - or helping to run
any of the myriad of other activities retirement offers after a lifetime
of work. There are of course the thousands of unpaid hours of looking
after all sorts of others in retirement to think about. Most importantly:
Who is going to make the tea for the kids afer school if grandma and
grandad and all the retired people are still working?

Competing interests: No competing interests

23 June 2011
susanne stevens