Don’t lump ‘elderly’ in one lucky pot

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When Joyce McMillan (Perspective, 6 March) is busy debunking myths about “the elderly” it might be worth reminding her that the term covers a much wider section of the population than only the baby-boomers who “enjoyed stable employment and retired on index-linked final-salary pensions”.

Many of us “elderly” were born in the decades before the 1940s and 1950s. We grew up during a real depression when there was no social security, lived through real food and fuel shortages in an era of wars and mass killings the likes of which the world has never seen for the last half-century or more.

Of more relevance to the present time, few of us had even heard of private pensions, index-linked or otherwise. We saved what we could in the hope of getting about a five per cent return on our savings to augment our old-age pension.

Instead we are being robbed of that interest income by politicians who have no thought for the “one foot in the grave generation” as they court the baby-boomer vote.

Please, Joyce McMillan and others who write in broad terms about “the elderly”, there are still quite a lot of us who were born before the fat cats of the baby-boomer generation. We have learned over the years not to really expect much in the way of justice or anything else from the politicians, but please at least show us just a little bit of respect when you write about us.

Irvine Inglis

Reston

Berwickshire

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