"For economic growth and greater security, we'll need to find new ways to work to 100+ while investing for the long haul in our health, mental faculties, friends, neighbors and society." - Olivia Mitchell, Wharton Professor, "A Retirement Age of 100? It's Coming," in The Wall Street Journal, Feburary 9, 2015. Here is the article.
It has reached the tipping point: Those of us over-60 who continue to remain in the workforce are being treated with more respect than those who have retired. That change was abrupt.
Not so long ago, an acquaintance from college (Seton Hill, Greensburg, PA) based here in Tucson, Arizona, seemed to be chastising me for being so work-centric. After all, at this stage of the game I should be easing off.
But, the game is changing - rapidly. The new status symbol is being able to keep attracting paid work (no, volunteering doesn't cut it) into our 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond. I answer my phone with a professional greeting. So, it's obvious I am operating a business. When the property manager, medical doctor and pizza service heard that, they seemed to treat me with deference.
Retaining access to paid work mandates we take care of ourself. If we don't the opportunities will dry up. We have eat right. We have to get enough sleep. We have to keep up with fashion. We have to listen and align with pop-culture ways of phrasing.
No surprise, once over-60, the world shrinks to a binary configuration: Either we can still cut it and work or we can't still cut it and can't work. The latter are rendered invisible.