“Old age hath yet his honour and his toil.” Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)
I like this quote as an opening to my lecture on aging and work. Although we tend to think of older adults as less productive employees than their younger counterparts, the opposite is true. From the age of 55 and onward, workers are better employees in terms of their reliability and even, in many vocational fields, of productivity. We might wish that aging carried with it more “honour” than it does in a society that seems to value youth, but as Tennyson pointed out, there are many reasons that it should.
Source: Psychology Today, January 2012