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By Ann McCracken

The Office of National Statistics indicates that the number of people of state pension age and above in UK employment has nearly doubled over the past two decades, clearly indicating an aging workforce but my own personal observations suggest that  65 is the new 50.  All around me I see vibrant ‘pensioners’ engaged in work or activities.
I recently attended my daughter’s 40th birthday celebration and was struck by the youthfulness of her friends (all of a similar age).  Four of them had just returned from a cold water swim and another had completed a significant jog as she is in training for a forthcoming marathon.  Green tea, water, vegetable and berry smoothies were popular as was carrot cake, chocolate cake and brownies.
Wellbeing and vitality was definitely in evidence and it was very infectious.
 Perhaps 40 is the new  30?
This could be a great discussion topic at the forthcoming  Health @ Work Summit run by Symposium Events in London in June where I am delighted to be the Chair.


Ann McCracken is a Director of AMC2 and the vice president of the International Management Association (ISMA UK) – the professional body for stress management Practitioners.

She specialises in developing a positive and resilient working culture in organisations by introducing effective strategies in performance and wellbeing at all levels. The effectiveness of such a positive working culture is measured and assessed using AMC2 Corporate Diagnostic innovative surveys which include measurement of psychosocial factors, stress and wellbeing. Having initially trained as a scientist, she carried out research with DEFRA and consultancy in the NHS.

She spent 10 years in Education before retraining as a stress management practitioner in 1996. She is the author of Stress Gremlins©, regularly writes/broadcasts and is an external lecturer at Westminster University. She is also a Key Note/Motivational speaker/Conference Chair.

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