Upper Age Limits

As I am interested in looking into social acceptability and upper age limits, I have decided to conduct some research into this area to understand more about what restrictions are/aren’t already in place.

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Recently those who could take part in a Jury in England and Wales rose from 18-70 years to 18-75 years (see article via The Evening Standard).

Mortgage age limits are increasing – Halifax just raised their mortgage borrowing age limit from 75 to 80, and Nationwide increased theirs from from 75 to 85. This can make loans more affordable, e.g allowing a 54 year old to take out a 25yr long loan, repaid before their 80th birthday. With life expectancy rising, this change makes it easier for older people to plan ahead and get a house that is suitable for them (see Standard Life Savings).

Although most jobs don’t have maximum age restrictions, there are often expected retirement ages, etc. For example, for Police the normal retirement age is 60 (details via this website).

The maximum age for a student living cost loan has been raised from 55 to 60 years (info here).

This website suggests that it is unlikely that you will get recruited as a train driver much past the age of 50, although it is possible – the most important factors which are taken into account are things such as hearing and eyesight.

There is no upper age limit for driving a car, but you have to renew your driving licence at the age of 70 and every 3 years after that (info here).

Social security benefits for those with mobility needs don’t have an age restriction, although claims for them need to have been made before the person’s 65th Birthday. These benefits help with the extra costs involved for disabled people to get around (information via the www.parliament.uk website).

The upper age limit for being a surrogate is 50 (brilliantbeginnings.co.uk).

In the Netherlands the maximum age for mayors is 69.

I also found an article which has asked 2,000 people in the UK at what age they think you are too old to do certain things, e.g. go to Ibiza and have a Facebook account.


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