Anti aging guide

Successful Elderly People in Public Life



Examples of those successful elderly people in their public life

In public and political life we find the most impressive examples of elderly people being successful in the management of their fellows. Opinions as to whether this is a creditable achievement or otherwise depends on one’s own philosophy. For example, Ronald Reagan was born in 1911 and after a variety of careers became president of the USA, the most powerful democratic block in the world’s history. His counterparts in the USSR, until recently, have nearly all been of similar seniority.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965), after a long period in politics (which included several changes of party), became wartime Prime Minister at the time in life when most people face compulsory retirement. His most active and influential years were between his 65th and 80th birthdays. He died (aged 90) ten years after his resignation from the post of Prime Minister. It is also worth noting that former Prime Minister, Mrs Margaret Thatcher, has for several years been eligible for a state pension. Mr Edward Heath, a previous UK Prime Minister, at the age of 74 was invited to the Middle East during the 1991 Gulf crisis as a special envoy to negotiate the return of ill and aged Gulf war hostages (the majority younger than Mr Heath himself).

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, at over 90 years of age remains active and involved in contemporary life. Her example provides many people with inspiration and admiration and clearly illustrates the special contribution that elderly people can make to enrich society in general.

Lord Soper, when well into his 80s, continued to lead an active public life. He continued to speak regularly at Hyde Park Corner and Tower Hill, and just after his 80th birthday took part in a patriotism debate in the Oxford Union to mark the famous 1933 debate on King and Country. Lord Soper was supporting the argument for unilateral disarmament, a movement he had supported since its start in the 1950s.

Lord Bertram Russell (1872-1970) was another person who, in the minds of many people, was best associated with the peace movement in his old age. However his skills were much wider, ranging from mathematician to writer and philosopher. He lived to be 98 and even in his final year he remained strongly convinced by the unilateralist argument and actively supported the movement.

Lord Denning retired as Master of the Rolls in 1982 when he was aged 83. He was famous (or infamous) for his decisions. After retirement he remained in the limelight and aired his views publicly as ever.

Clearly all these examples have been or are exceptional people. Their views and objectives vary enormously. Their common denominator is that they have all acquired skills in influencing, persuading, and managing other people. Their success is partly due to opportunities to polish and perfect ability through long and active lives. They have also been fortunate enough to remain fit and active, even in very old age, and have thus been able to continue to make valuable contributions to our society. In our own modest ways some opportunities are open to all of us.

Posted by Carol Hudgens - March 25, 2012 at 4:45 pm