October 1st is the International Day of Older Persons. There is a lot of talk from politicians about the ageing population and what initiatives need to be put in place in order to manage the changing demographics. It is estimated that by the year of 2050 there will be 2 billion people around the world aged over 60. But if you are over 60 (or fast approaching it) what does this statistic mean to you? The age at which you can draw your pension in the UK has been impacted by the ageing population and seems to go up as often as rail fares, so retirement may not be an option for you.
If you are able to retire with a state or private pension, what do you plan to do with your time? Many retirees say that they miss the social aspect of working and have too much spare time on their hands
; these feelings of loneliness can lead to declines in health measures. Others need to carry on working in order to have a reasonable standard of living. Naturally, not everyone will have the stamina to do the sort of work they did earlier in their career, especially if the work is very physical or arduous. Lifting or moving patients in a busy NHS ward may be a bit of a challenge to a nurse aged over 60 and the resilience and energy required of secondary school teachers might be inconceivable at 65+.
What those who are over 60 do have is a wealth of life experience and this is often accompanied by a sense of perspective and mellowing. These attributes are welcome in the world of therapy and many people approaching retirement age re-train as hypnotherapists. Of course they need to be empathic, non-judgemental individuals who want to help others (young and old) to find solutions to their challenges. This is why hypnotherapy is a career that especially appeals to those who’ve been in the health service, social care or education.
Mature students, over the age of 50, make up almost half of our learners here at LHA. Some are a little nervous about returning to study after decades out of the classroom, but most are soon reassured that the work is manageable, as much of it is practical and there are no exam conditions tests. Unlike counselling or psychotherapy, hypnotherapy training is relatively short so you don’t need to commit to years of studying and exams in order to qualify. You can work the hours that suit you and earn a good hourly rate. Many students are surprised at the fees that can be charged for this professional service and this is a great benefit if you don’t want to commit to long hours or rigid work rotas.