Most individuals who are not already retired will likely have a far different retirement experience from earlier generations. In our realm, with a small handful of exceptions, we usually don’t see clients retire from full time work before age 65 without re-entering the workforce in some capacity or another as a transition.
Work Until You Drop?
In years past, individuals retired from something and now are usually retiring to something else…another career or another stage of life. We have colleagues that argue the entire concept of retirement is outdated and individuals should simply plan on working until they drop. The problem we see with that idea is many individuals will be forced out of the workplace by health issues. In fact, a recent study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute estimates almost half (47%) of retirees left the workforce for reasons related to health. Of course, most people don’t want to work until they drop anyway.
Some jobs and professions make it difficult to work beyond age 70 or so. Many of our physician clients have told us that once they stop taking night call, the clock starts running for their eventual retirement no later than 3 years hence. Other professions and industries have similar constraints that impede the practicality of working beyond the early 70’s.