The Courage to Grow Old
Results of Aging Knowledge Test

Test Your Aging Knowledge

With fewer numbers of people in the generations coming up behind the baby boomers, it is imperative to the nation's businesses that older people be convinced to work longer than standard retirement age.

Much of the public conversation about this issue revolves around what employers should do to retain older workers and almost always places the onus on the workers themselves to retrain, to appear energetic and take a cut in pay. I think they've got it backward.

Many elders would work longer if they were allowed to, but age discrmination in the workplace prevents many from doing so. Attitudes toward elders and false beliefs about them held by people who do the day-to-day hiring must change before any of the high-minded goals of industry assocations can be put into effect.

So let's see how our own beliefs about elders stack up to the facts. Take this little quiz by ticking off only the statements you believe are TRUE. Tomorrow the correct answers will be posted and we can see then how much TGB readers know about ourselves.

Which of the following are TRUE statements about elders?
The majority of older workers are not as effective as younger workers.
Older workers have fewer accidents than younger workers.
The majority of elders cannot adapt to change.
It takes older people longer to learn something new than younger people.
Older people are all pretty much alike.
The majority of old people say they are lonely.
The majority of old people live below the poverty line.
Medical personnel give lower priority to elders.
Drivers 65 and older have fewer accidents than people younger than 65.
People become more religious as they age.
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UPDATE: Results of the Aging Knowledge Test


Ah, and we have to wait to get the answers? I will need to practice my patience.

Interesting test, Ronni ... can't wait (yes, I know I have to) to see the results...

Think you have it right ... again.

Hopefully, the persistent speaking out on these issues here and elsewhere by anyone or all, will ultimately reach the eyes and ears of employers.

Maybe when the employment pinch gets really critical, someone will finally pay attention. The tragedy is that a lot of people who could be utilized now in a multitude of employment situations are not receiving that opportunity.

I think of The Economist magazine, as an example, that should be at the forefront of focusing attention on this, at least partial, solution to this issue.

Look forward to the results of this test.

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