At What Age Will You Retire?
The average retirement age in the U.S. is starting to resemble a U-curve. In 1900, it was 76 years old (I know! Surprising, right?). It didn't settle into age 65 until 1970, and then there was a precipitous drop such that, by 1990, it had dropped to 57. The retirement age grew after that point, rising to 60 in 2000 and nearly 62 in 2020. This upward trend continues, as the average age at which employed Americans say they'll retire is now 66.
How’s Your “Longevity Literacy"?
Why do we vastly underestimate how much life we still have ahead of us? Part of it is due to our misreading of the longevity data. If we hear that American men have an average lifespan of 76 years old, we think that means we’ll die in less than a dozen years if we’re 65 today. And, yet, a man who’s reached 65 had added nearly 8 years to his life expectancy compared to when he was a newborn (so chances are he’ll live to 84) just because he’s averted many of the life risks of youth and early adulthood.
Semi-Retirees Know the Key to Work-Life Balance.
Reading this article in The Atlantic got me thinking. Maybe understanding the future of work is less about studying Gen Z’s fetish for remote work or Millennials’ desire to be digital nomads. What if a window into the future of work could be understanding the motivations of those who are semi-retired? Maybe understanding how they’re curating their lives can help workers of any age.
"Men and Women View Retirement Very Differently."
MIT’s AgeLab’s Joe Coughlin wrote this interesting Forbes article about the idea that men tend to see retirement as the final chapter while women see it as a fresh start (this post will focus exclusively on heterosexual relationships since that was the focus of MIT’s study).
5 Reasons Why "Reframing Retirement" is Valuable.
For me, building a new course is sort of like being Willy Wonka. I get to create something sort of magical. We excel in aggregating exciting ideas from all over the world that you would likely never have found on your own, and packaging it up with a pretty bow and a fun group of travelers from around the world. Imaginations are ignited, folks get unstuck and start to make life decisions with clarity, courage and excitement.
“My Husband Is in His 70s and Won’t Retire. Can I Make Him?”
I saw this headline in the New York Times Ethicist column and was intrigued by how the “Dear Abby” of Ethics would answer this question. I’ve excerpted it below along with a question for you at the end.
Couch Potato, No More!
Hey, you! Yeah, you on the couch, with the potato chips and bonbons dripping down your unwashed sweats as you watch Seinfeld reruns at two in the afternoon! You don’t have to live this way.
What Is the Ideal Retirement Age?
The French are pissed! Their President Macaroon (OK, Macron) wants his people to work a couple more years (moving the retirement age from 62 to 64) to earn their pension. The French have taken to the streets and even want to ban macaroons.
To Retire or Not To Retire? That is the Question.
Steve Lopez is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times. His new book about considering retirement is "Independence Day: What I Learned About Retirement From Some Who've Done It And Some Who Never Will" and is featured in this NPR "Fresh Air" episode.
What Happens to Smart People in Retirement?
It's not pretty! All those degrees and awards that you've worked your entire life for, get packed away. All that research, academic papers, lecture or presentation notes get tossed...or put in the attic if you're lucky.
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