I was just using the old folks as a catchy title to
get a conversation started. I agree that this is true when it
comes to age. Don`t you think when it comes to experience that is
a different situation? If you have been doing a particular job
for 20 years don`t you bring a set of experiences that are hard to
What it comes down to is the person doing the work. About half the
population, in my experience, at any age beyond about 35 seems to
believe they`ve "learned enough."
Countless people tell me it`s too hard to think. They`ve done a lot of
that earlier in life, and now they`re happy knowing how things work.
They`re very uncomfortable when things change. They don`t like, and
don`t want to have to always learn something new. They don`t like to
adapt, and feel more secure knowing that "I remember it went this way,
so I want it to go this way still."
I`ve seen whole communities of ancient people (70+ years old) who`re
indistinguishable from a typical suburban neighborhood of
"just-starting" young couples. I`ve also seen nursing homes, retirement
communities, and general groups of old people who do nothing but
complain about everything, aren`t healthy, aren`t active, and just want
to sit and stare at the world passing them by.
Ultimately, people go to work to either get some money to finance their
actual life, or they want someone to just take care of them for life.
Regardless of their age, the people who have a life and work to pay for
that life are always changing. They grow, learn, develop, and apply
past experience to new situations. Those are the people to hire,
whether they`re 25 or 65. :-)