Judy Kugel recently asked herself a tough question at The 70-Something Blog:
The unemployment rate is dreadful. People are losing homes and struggling to put food on the table. Dreams are put on hold. Unemployed workers in their fifties fear that they will never work again.
And then there is me, working full time and earning a good salary well beyond normal retirement age. I know that I am making a contribution. But could my responsibilities (and salary) go to people who are younger and needier than I am?
Am I taking someone’s job? Maybe. Would I leave a job I love to make room for someone else?
Judy’s compassion for others shines brightly in this post. As does her enthusiasm for her job. What do you think? Are older workers somehow robbing the young of opportunity and advancement?
I’m not an economist and my opinion doesn’t count for much, but I think we’re not going to work our way out of this recession without coming together and taking advantage of both the experience and wisdom of older workers like Judy, as well as the energy and enthusiasm of younger workers like, say, myself.