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Ageism and establishing your role in life before it hits – especially important for women

I have started to see a serious pattern that only self made established people have a place in society in old age. It helps to be your own boss in old age. Employers leave you feeling discarded when they let you go for retirement, particularly for women when this often coincides with the family having grown and left.

This recession has been harsh because it has let people go from jobs at a point in life where they feel there is no return. Larger companies are becoming increasingly underhand in how they force older employees out of the work place. Even our self employed female clients struggle to be confident at a certain age. But if you have not well established yourself in your 40's there seems little hope for you in your 50's, 60', 70's and beyond.

eileen grayIt seems a rarity to find people such as Eileen Gray working up until her 90's or Agatha Christie who wrote her last novel at 83. She in fact wrote the last books for her Poirot and Miss Marple characters 36 years earlier allowing them to age too!agatha christie

When we start to look around for "older" female role models we struggle a bit. One woman told me recently that "the world fails to see you after 50 in the workplace".

So it is becoming increasingly obvious that employees need to start building an exit strategy. The only contented older people I know all are self employed or "self made". The feel like they still have a reason to get up in the morning.

water for elephants100 year old manTwo books in recent years which have been made into films have highlighted the dejected feelings of a nursing home, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and the Swedish based book The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. Both of these are a great insight into older men in the retirement home hell. The hundred year old man really challenges our perceptions of what older people can get up to and how much trouble they can get themselves into!

 

 

dame judi denchWe really need Dame Judi Dench and Maggie Smith at 79 to fill our screens and show it's ok to age. You can still do what you love. But if you are relying on others to show you your place in the world you will be waiting. You need to establish yourself before you get old and set yourself up to be taken seriously, regardless of age.

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I always enjoy working with older clients because they have so much experience to bring - we just inject the fresh start mentally. It's like working with the full circle of development.

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If Hillary Clinton runs for president at age 66 it'll be a new frontier.

 

Dr Naoise O'Reilly Expression Developist™.

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What the film Boyhood tells us about the need for family mediation

boyhoodIt struck me watching the film Boyhood at the weekend that teenage boys are always telling me that everyone is on their case. When Mason in the film reaches 15 he asks his stepdad "can someone just give me a break for one day?" The irony is that a poor role model adult on his case is not lost on us. It's not what we say to teenagers that matters it's what we do. The role we show them.

It was incredible that someone took the time to spend 12 years filming a boy as he grew up from carefree child of 6 to young adult male at 18 off to college. Thank you Richard Linklater!

I'm not convinced that the endless drone of "responsibility" turns out better adults. I have so many different roles in my work but listening to teenagers woes is definitely top of the list and acting as translator back to schools, parents and other professionals. I've forgotten how many times parents have called me up "because they are sick of the rows over school work and homework"

I have long been an advocate for the abolishment of homework. It sometimes seems that schools and departments have forgotten there is an important family life to live. This film shows us the true dynamics of what matters in a child's life as they grow up.

It was very striking in Boyhood the image of a carefree child that is crushed into serious reality around 15. I see and hear stories everyday of happy go luck children that suddenly have the weight of the world on them. I have seen this in cases as young as 7. Students with dyslexia seem to hit that world of responsibility younger than most. At very young ages we are not "keeping up".  I wish childhood went on for longer. Maybe while schools and the powers that be argue about how important homework is for life they could take a step back and look at how long we have to be responsible and grown up in contrast to how short a time we have as carefree children?

In the meantime I'm just the person who listens to all their stories, translates their fears and somehow finds an easier path through them for everyone.

This is a must see film for parents - see what really matters to the adults you turn out. Boyhood

Dr Naoisé O'Reilly

Expression Developist™

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From my experiences as a University Level student myself, my role as mentor and my various positions within a 3rd level University including MBA Faculty Manager, Acting Registrar and Masters Coordinator I know what it takes to get through college!

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