It’s time to toss away some of the old notions about working in retirement, including the reasons people do so.
According to a study by Merrill Lynch and a think tank called Age Wave, nearly three-quarters of pre-retirees over the age of 50 say their ideal retirement will involve working.
“Work in Retirement: Myths and Motivations” is a comprehensive study based on a nationally representative poll of more than 7,000 respondents that will turn “conventional wisdom on its head,” according to Andy Sieg, head of Global Wealth and Retirement Solutions for Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
“By embracing these new realities and attitudes toward work in retirement, everyone from policy makers to employers and the financial industry will be better equipped to help people pursue their goals,” Sieg said.
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The study showed that while previous generations saw retirement as the permanent end of work followed by continuous leisure, the modern-day reality for many retirees and pre-retirees is a dynamic future that it defines as “the new retirement workscape.”
“This study confirms that as people live longer and healthier lives, they’ll continue to find satisfaction from work even after they retire from their primary career,” said Ken Dychtwald, founder and CEO of Age Wave.
“For many, work is an enriching experience that may not end at the age of 65 or even 70. Whether it’s continuing to do what they love, pursuing a long-desired interest or simply seeking to remain socially engaged, there’s a revolution brewing. People have come to realize that retirement doesn’t necessarily represent the end of an active life, but rather the beginning of new and exciting chapters.”