Certainly, we should celebrate the fact that people are living longer, remaining active and that their activity is contributing to the UK's economy. But it is a mixed picture we see of older workers who are valued and celebrated as success stories on one hand while others despair of the endemic ageism they confront.
Today is Older People's Day - a welcome celebration of the contribution that older people make to society. There will be much written, and still more done, to underline the importance of building bonds and relationships between people of all ages. Less, however, might be said about the issue of 'active ageing', what it means to older people and how we might achieve it.
If the government wants to realise its agenda of extending working lives, it must make working past retirement age a realistic option for people across the labour market. Too many older unemployed are not given the support and training they need to find re-employment - one out of two is long-tem unemployed, higher than for any other age group.