More Americans are planning on working past the conventional retirement age of 65 because they think they won’t be able to afford to retire. The longer you work, goes the thinking, the longer you have to pad your nest egg. That’s according to a new survey by insurer Northwestern Mutual, which The Times’ Walter Hamilton wrote about Tuesday.
Judging from the reactionary comments on Twitter, not everyone takes to this idea of working into life’s twilight years. I couldn’t disagree more.
Sure, people may want to have the option of slowing down in their 70s and 80s, or focusing on elements of their career where they thrive the most, but I can’t imagine why anyone who has the choice would willingly drop out of the workforce. It sounds like a punishment, if you ask me. Maybe traveling around the country in a Winnebago for a year sounds appealing, but then what?
“As a geriatrician, I've come to believe that working longer is generally a good thing,” wrote Katherine Schlaerth in a 2011 Op-Ed that ran in our Opinion pages.