Yesterday at the Wall Street Journal's Women In The Economy Conference, one of my favorite actresses, Geena Davis, mentioned how tough it is for female actresses over 40 to get parts in movies. I'm in my 40s and I feel like I'm just getting started. But today, young, hip, fresh and relevant are the buzz words.
I want to grow old still doing the job I enjoy. Don't you? While finding work life balance is tough right now, I can see a time when I'm an empty nestor and I want to ramp up and give work more attention. But will I be accepted as an older worker in the newsroom? Here in my own community, I see examples of failing organizations that blame older leaders for their predicament. They suggest bringing in young blood will fix their woes. And in some cases, it might.
Looking at a new MetLife study, I learned that contrary to prediction, boomers are retiring. And they are happy. Yet, there are some who work into their 80s. "The driver not money. It's that they want to stay in the game," MetLife's Sandra Timmermann, director of the MetLife Mature Market Institute told me." Older people have a whole new attitude about staying active."
Today, I looked deeper into the topic of aging at work for my Miami Herald column. I'd love to hear your feedback. Is 70 the new 50? Or should 70 year olds step aside to make way for the younger generation?