Ageing society

Hong Kong largely ignorant of what elderly workers can bring to the table

    PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 January, 2019, 6:34am
    UPDATED : Tuesday, 01 January, 2019, 6:34am

    I agree wholeheartedly with your correspondent Lawrence Choi (“Older workers have talent and expertise”, December 31). At the age of 60, on successfully getting a job as a court transcriber, I confessed to my interviewer that I was pleased and relieved to be given a second chance at my age. The reply was, “We prefer older people. The young ones can’t do it; they don't have the vocabulary.”

    So there you have it. The intellectual ability of the older worker may not only equal that of the younger worker but, in many instances, surpass it. As a veteran translator and lecturer in English, Mr Choi can vouch for this, and I share his disappointment that society as a whole remains oblivious to the vast storehouse of knowledge possessed by the older worker.

    Geraldine Taylor-Thomas, Discovery Bay