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Foreword by Lynne Berry
We are all familiar with lifetime achievement awards. Usually handed out to older people, viagra ed they recognise contributions made during a life’s work in a particular field of expertise. But what about the people who continue to achieve into their 80s or 90s? Or even start to achieve great things in new areas in their 60s and 70s?
The Royal Voluntary Service Gold Age Power List is recognition of the people who are making extraordinary achievements and inspirational contributions in the later decades of their lives. Judged by a panel of experts, order the list celebrates 66 people over 66 from the worlds of arts, look sports and adventure, science, public service and business. It also recognises local volunteers who continue to make invaluable contributions in their local communities every day, often well into their 70s and 80s.
These people aren’t the exception. Too often our society writes people off when they get past standard retirement age. Older people are seen as frail, a burden or a drain on society’s resources.
The reality is that older people make a significant economic and social contribution to our society. The Baby Boom generation is turning 66 this year and more people than ever are living healthy, active lives for longer. We see this at first hand as our army of 45,000 volunteers – many retired themselves – spend time improving the lives of other older people every day. More than any group in society, older people are the social glue of most communities – whether that’s through befriending vulnerable neighbours or sharing experience in leadership roles in clubs and societies.
Earlier this year we published Gold Age Pensioners: research that for the first time placed a value on the economic and social contribution that older people make to our society. This demonstrated that over 65s made a positive net contribution to the UK economy of £40 billion last year through, amongst other contributions, taxes, spending power, provision of social care and the value of their volunteering. This is even allowing for the costs of pensions, welfare and healthcare.
The publication of this Gold Age Power List is part of our wider drive to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions of older people. We aim to challenge people’s views about retirement and demonstrate the impact older people continue to make today – with many individuals on the list leaders in their respective fields, despite being well over retirement age.
At WRVS we believe that our society must wake up to the positive contribution that older people make. We must value, recognise, and capitalise on this contribution. Only through this will we achieve our ambition of making Britain a great place to grow old.
Lynne Berry OBE, Chief Executive, Royal Voluntary Service
Click here to download the Gold Age Powerlist