Older people can work, and they should work

The largest real estate developer in Australia is called Harry Triguboff. He was born in China to Russia Jewish emigrés who fled from Russia to escape Lenin, after which they moved to Australia where Harry was educated finishing off his education in the UK. He later worked in Israel and South Africa before returning in 10960 to Australia. There he started to build homes and later offices and other big real estate projects to become one of Australia’s richest person. He is now 85 years old and continues working full time at his company called Meriton! He enjoys his work and sees no reason to stop – it keeps him happy and occupied.

Another person is from Norway, Erling Sven Lorentzen, who at the age of 96 years is still going strong with new ideas and projects. He is a Norwegian shipowner and industrialist who has lived in Brazil for decades where he founded Aracruz Celulose in 1968. He is the widower of Princess Ragnhild. Work is not something that stopped at 65 or 67 years!

And now our own man, Erkki Liikanen, the current head of Finland’s Central Bank, is said to be a possible candidate for the top job at the European Central Bank. That of course is gossip, but it would be good if he was appointed and took he job. Why not – at 67 years old now, he is a young man, and has many years of useful and fulfilling years ahead.

Naturally not all folk should be working. Those who have had to work ion strenuous physical work probably need to enjoy the remaining years of their lives, but why should senior folk in companies, journalists, engineers, doctors, lawyers, nurses, bankers, shopkeepers, pilots, and municipal administrators suddenly stop working at 60, 65 or 67 is beyond sensible understanding. If you are in good physical condition then working should be considered normal rather than thinking that retiring is a right and obligation. You can receive you pension but that can be supplemented by lighter work, part-time work, voluntary work, and study.

Why 60 year old CEO’s of Finnish companies re allowed to roll up their sleeves at 60 is beyond comprehension? That is far too young to stop working especially when they have been surrounded by helpers, drivers, private jets and big salaries and bonuses… and some of them have the cheek to fly off to Portugal to stop paying taxes in Finland – what a double cheek…

Your correspondent is now in his 70th year and sees no reason to consider golf, cricket or gardening as full time activities. Quite the opposite there is so much to do and experiment with for which there has never been so much time before. Without a boss or assistant – oh how life can be wonderful!

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