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Did you read that more over-65 Americans are staying in work force? Does this affect you?

Asked by davidbetterman (7545points) April 9th, 2010
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Blackberry's avatar

It does not affect me unless they can get in the military….so yeah….lol.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

This doesn’t affect me, personally but I believe my mother might be one of those people who’d stay at her job past 65 but that speaks more to her personality. I would probably be the same way. In general, this affects my patients (the elderly dealing with cancer) because it’ll be hard for them to work.

Coloma's avatar

I think it sucks!

It’s one thing to stay active and interested in life, it’s entirely another to be forced to work till you drop in your tracks like an overused workhorse.

Personally I am ready to retire now at 50.

Not retire from life, retire from the great ‘out there.’ lol

I think it’s a fucking SHAME that so many will never get the oportunity to just enjoy their being.

I notced several elderly and unwell, ( crippled, wornout looking ) workers in Walmart yesterday while picking up a few products.

It made me sad. :-(

CyanoticWasp's avatar

It’s going to affect me in about 10 years… because I’ll be one of them.

netgrrl's avatar

In about 15 years I’ll be one of them as well. So I guess I’ll be taking a job to which some young person thinks he has a right just because he’s younger. Sucks, huh?

tinyfaery's avatar

65 is not what it used to be. Today’s 65 year old is healthier and has a longer lifespan. And some people like to keep working.

njnyjobs's avatar

Hell yeah. . . it’s a sign of the times.

It would be nicer if people are able to retire at an earlier age knowing that their next 15–20 or so years post retirement will be secure and comfortable. If that is the case, I would know that I can start out my retirement dreams earlier in my life when I can enjoy it more.

Fenris's avatar

I won’t be there for another 43 years, but it’s a sign of the times. People are beginning to learn that spending everything they have then going to usurers for imaginary money is detrimental to their long-term plans. In a recession, people with less experience are dumped for people with more, and there becomes a “generation of lost workers”. The entry-level positions for fresh faces with no job experience have dried up and are experiencing record levels of retention. Why college is still voluntary is beyond me – they should do away with high school diplomas and not let people out until they have a college degree and two years intern experience.

CaptainHarley's avatar

I’ll be 67 next month and would probably be working at a full-time job were it not for my military disability. Even with the cancer and diabetes and high blood pressure and rebuilt leg, I try to lead a full life, rather than veggitate away in front of the mindless drivel television dishes out. I think that lack of constructive things to do results in more problems for anyone, especially “the elderly.” Hell, it wouldn’t surprise me to discover that inactivity and television cause Alzheimers! : )

sevenfourteen's avatar

What’s scary is the fact that pilots are now working until 70 years old. Idk about you but I don’t want grampa flyin my plane, especially the hours pilots work!!

john65pennington's avatar

I planned my retirement way in advance. i was just waiting for my 65th birthday to roll around so i could turn in my retirement papers. yes, more and more people are working at older ages, than ever before. i knew my reaction time was slowing down to the danger level and thats when my wife said to me, “honey, don’t you think its time to let the younger officers take over?” i hated to admit that she was right. it concerns me to see many older people still driving delivery trucks, because i know their reaction time has decreased, just like mine. reaction time means hitting the brakes in a vehicle at the first sign of a traffic signal changing from green to red. working to an older age is now being done now for survival, not because they just want to. also, the baby boomers are all reaching the age of 65 at just about the same time. this is having a big effect on just about everyone. davedbetterman…....good question. john

davidbetterman's avatar

@john65pennington I have no pension so I don’t what I am going to be doing when I hit 65. Good for you to have one.

john65pennington's avatar

davidbetterman, is there any possible way for you to begin contributing to a pension fund? i am very fortunate that my public service job provided a pension for me. i contributed into my pension fund for 44 years.

davidbetterman's avatar

@john65pennington
I would, but after the pension funds were depleted in the stock market crash of 1999–2001 and the housing ripoff of 2002–2007, I prefer stashing it under my mattress!

I am relying on the creator of the universe to handle this old age thing for me.

lonelydragon's avatar

It doesn’t affect me yet, but I’m sure I’ll be working past age 65 (due to both financial and personal factors. I will need the money, but I also like to work). As @tinyfaery pointed out, today’s 65 year olds are healthier than 65 year olds in the past, and because people have longer lifespans, it makes sense for them to work longer. Although I’m still pretty far from 65, I can’t imagine retiring and then living another 30 years without working.

mattbrowne's avatar

Germany raised the age to 67. And I predict in 10 years they will raise it to 70.

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