As we continue in 2019, Independent Age has been asking the public to tweet what they believe being old means by using the hashtag #OldIs.
A 24-year old man named Charlie said being #OldIs ‘having my own family.’ However, 73 year old Betty disagreed and said: “I don’t feel old because I have a busy lifestyle and four grand-kiddies.”
Professor Martin Green OBE, chief executive of Care England, has called the UK institutionally ageist.
He said: “God alone knows why it hasn’t been challenged in the courts in the same way that instances of racism and homophobia are.”
One pensioner used the #OldIs hashtag to say: ‘#OldIs working ’til we die as #government deny our earned #pensions.
‘Women have done everything expected of us, paid our dues from 15/16, planned our retirement, to collect pension at expected age of 60, government added 6 years to pension age, me, not notified!’
The question posed by Independent Age has sparked more than a few witty tweets with one post saying: ‘#OldIs when your partner says “Let’s go upstairs and make love” & you reply “I can’t do both!”.’