The crisis implications for the forgotten generation

In these days of the pandemic and uncertainty regarding the future, the older generation now make up a large proportion of the workplace. With the over 50’s accounting for 31% of the countries workforce alone.

There will soon be an increase of 25% in the number of people still working aged 65-79 in the United Kingdom. Whilst one in three of the working population will be over 50 by the year 2025.

However, a large portion of the older working generation have now been placed in an “at risk” category due to the corona virus pandemic. Meaning that during lockdown and afterwards during the easing measures they have felt more isolated that ever before.

Scotland’s minister for Older People and Equalities, Christina McKelvie, has described in a podcast how the Scottish Government are asking state and community networks to work alongside and help older people deal with the effects of COVID-19.

Kelvie went on to say that for the people that she had been speaking to the biggest issue was the feeling of lost time and just that thought would be affecting their mental health. With all the pressure of dealing with the mental health issues bought on by the lockdown what can specifically be done to help the country’s most vulnerable group by the Government, businesses and individuals?

One way would be to prepare the older working generation for retirement. For people that have worked their whole lives, the workplace becomes their life. Then they retire and the feeling of loss can bring on the issues with mental health.

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