Is the Word “Retirement” Outdated?

By July 25, 2020Uncategorized

According to Wikipedia “Retirement is the withdrawal from one’s position or occupation or from one’s active working life.” In years past retirement in many companies was mandatory at age 65. I recall that the large organization that I worked for in the in the 1980’s maintained that policy and my mentor left the company at 65. When it was common for organizations to fund retirement plans, it was part of the financial decision-making of the employee. But I think that for many, retirement might be replaced by reinvention. As we work to overcome ageism bias, we are recognizing that many older adults still have a great deal to contribute, whether in a full time, part time or volunteer basis. Much has been written about this topic. Chris Farrell’s book “Unretirement” comes to mind with its subtitle: How Baby Boomers Are Changing the Way We Think About Work”, as does the book “Second Wind” by one of the leading intellectuals in the aging space, Dr. Bill Thomas. Marc Freedman’s book, “Prime Time”, takes on how baby boomers will revolutionize retirement and transform America. Freedman’s organization, Encore does a great deal to facilitate continuing contributions by those “well past middle life” and it’s worth checking out his website, encore.org, to learn more about the exciting programs this organization sponsors. As a senior (let’s reinvent that word as well), to paraphrase the poet Dylan Thomas, we will “not go quiet into that good night”.