For most of us the idea of working on past the age of 65 is pretty unattractive.
However, it is also clear that some people are keen to work on deep into what we used to think of as old age.
The Government did the right thing when, three years ago, it scrapped the default retirement age. Those that want to go on working can now do so – and those who are younger can get the benefit of some hard-learned advice.
The surprise is that just 6% of over 65s in the North East are choosing to work on. This is a lower proportion than in any other region in the country.
This can partly be blamed on the health issues that affect older people and produce lower life expectancies in our region. It could be that older people don’t want to occupy jobs when our unemployment rate is so high.
Either way, you can’t help but feel that somehow the North East is missing a trick. Is it too soon for the pipe and slippers?