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Old 11-16-2011, 11:58 AM
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I just cannot imagine working full time until I am 80 years old.


25% of Americans expect to wait until age 80 to retire - Nov. 16, 2011
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Old 11-16-2011, 12:27 PM
 
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Its the individual's fault.
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Old 11-16-2011, 12:37 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Leads right into the discussion on assisted suicide in another thread!
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Old 11-16-2011, 12:59 PM
 
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Some people enjoy their work and continue to work as long as they can. Even if it out of necessity, it still can be a good thing.
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Old 11-16-2011, 01:06 PM
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Its the individual's fault.
I do not think it is that simple. There are just to many variables to consider.
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Old 11-16-2011, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Olde English District, SC (look it up on Wikipedia)
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I personally know a guy who is almost 80 and still working (he has his own business). I just hope I'm still alive at 80!
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Old 11-16-2011, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Im 55 and Retired and bored to death!! (But, being partiall disabled is why I cant work now), and, I tell you, if I was 'ABLE' to work, I would!!

Retirement isnt all that great, if you dont have a hobby to keep you busy. Since I cant do woodworking anymore, Im bored to tears, and sit at my computer from the time I get up til a goood show comes on TV, then its back to my computer.... One or two days at the YMCA are my only venue for getting out!

So, I dont blame anyone for wanting to work, after that 'first job' goes away

I wish you well...

Jesse
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Old 11-16-2011, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Some people enjoy their work and continue to work as long as they can. Even if it out of necessity, it still can be a good thing.
Many (note: not all, but many) in any kind of higher level job will be edged/forced out far before the age of 80, more like 60 or 65 these days. Anyone using high technology, at the age of 7080 may find themselves left behind. Those in physical jobs (construction, etc) are unlikely to keep working till that age.
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Old 11-16-2011, 03:04 PM
 
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I think that people in the survey who say they will work until age 80 are somewhat unaware of the many health problems which can befall a person the older they get.

They are being unrealistic and unknowledgeable.

And even if not particularly affected by various health problems, it often becomes more and more difficult to feel good enough physically to carry out a grinding work load day after day.

And as newenglandgirl points out, many elderly people might not have the necessary technological skills to keep up, and certainly people who work very physical jobs such as construction and any job requiring physical exertion cannot work until age 80. Many people in jobs which require physical exertion retire at age 55 or 58 or 60.
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Old 11-16-2011, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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I'm on the Board of our local Friends of the Library, and I've got to tell you that our best volunteers and supporters of our fund-raising programs (mainly used book sales) are volunteers in their 70's and 80's. And they're not passive contributors-- they build things and staff the book wagon.

If anyone's bored in their retirement, I do hope you'll check into getting involved with your local Friends of the Library...it's so worthwhile and a great group of people making a difference in their community.

Every community can use the wisdom and involvement of we elders for the betterment of our towns. Look around..how can you make a difference?
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