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Should the standard retirement age be raised? After World War II, the United States experienced a sharp rise in birth rates, a phenomenon that has been dubbed “The Baby Boom” generation. This...

Should the standard retirement age be raised?

After World War II, the United States experienced a sharp rise in birth rates, a phenomenon that has been dubbed “The Baby Boom” generation. This year, some 78 million “boomers” are hitting 65, the standard age for retirement. The population of people 85 years or older is also growing just as fast. In the United States, when the Social Security program was enacted in 1935 and the retirement age set at 65, life expectancy was just 70 years. Today, life expectancies have risen to about 76 for men and about 81 for women. These “extra” years are putting a huge strain on the social safety nets, such as Social Security and Medicare. Given the longer life expectancy, should the standard retirement age be raised?

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I think that people are capable of working longer, and possibly start working later (after attending more college).  However, it really depends on the profession.  You can do some things well into your seventies, but in some professions you can't.  It should be more based on years in the profession than age.

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I retired from teaching in the public schools at the age of 51.  I had taught for 31 years.  Believe me when I say, that is a long time teaching in the public schools. I could have stayed longer,  but at the time, I was ready to do something different.  With my teacher retirement, I was able to start a different career. I became a flight attendant for American Airlines.  Then at the age of 54, I began teaching at the college level...I loved it. Challenging, interesting--I wished I had always been there.

Anyway, after ten years at that, physical problems forced me to retire.  I began getting my social security at the age of 62.  I needed it then because of broken bones and...

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