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Should everyone be retiring at age 65?

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satvir01 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 22, 2012 at 10:19 AM via web

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Should everyone be retiring at age 65?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 22, 2012 at 10:27 AM (Answer #1)

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Absolutely not.  In this day and age, it would make a lot more sense for people to continue to work past age 65.  Let us look at two reasons for this.

The first is that people don't do such hard physical work anymore and are healthier at older ages.  In years past, a person of 65 might well be physically incapable of doing most jobs on a daily basis.  That is no longer true.  Therefore, people shouldn't retire so early.

The second is that we can no longer afford to have 65 as a typical retirement age when it comes to Social Security and pensions and such.  People live so much longer now that we cannot afford to have them live on retirement plans that are funded by the people who are still working.

This is, of course, my opinion, but it is quite possible that other people will feel differently.

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chukueke | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 22, 2012 at 11:20 AM (Answer #2)

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Retirement must be consideredin the the context of the position and the person's abilty and deisire perform the job, but also their willingness to adapt to resonable changes.

Some of us would be happy to take early retirement, if the price was right, but often that is not the case. Older workers should always have the chance to do some sort of mentoring, so their skills and wisdom is passed on in a honorable way.

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