Society 'should adjust views on retirement and over 50s'

An independent pensions policy adviser has called for a mass rethink on conventional attitudes towards retirement and the societal role of over 50s.

Dr Ros Altmann has proposed that the government and public alike should jettison its traditional view of the retirement age as a cut-off point and begin to consider retiring as a gradual and possibly voluntary process.

The advice comes in response to the government's decision to bring forward its review of the default retirement age in light of figures which suggest more than a million older people are continuing to work past the age of 65.

Dr Altmann suggested the trend is indicative of the growing willingness of older people to remain active in society for longer, calling for an abandonment of the idea that those over 65 are automatically "past it".

She said: "Most people are not old at 65. We all know lots of people in their late 60s who are fit and healthy and perfectly capable of working well."

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