I'm an Occupational Health Nurse and in the AAOHN magazine Vol 59 October 2011 the article titled "Focus on the Aging Worker" is frightening.
To quote the chart on page 449 "The number of workers in the youngest group, age 16-24, is projected to decline during the period (2006-2016) while the number of workers age 25-54 will rise only slightly. In sharp contrast, workers age 55-64 are expected to climb by 36.5 percent. But the most dramatic growth is projected for the two oldest groups. The number of workers between the ages of 65 and 74 and those aged 75 and up is predicted to soar by more than 80 percent." (U.S Bureau of labor Statististics (BLS) 2008)".
The article further explained what type of problems are to be expected in the aging work force based on a chart titled "physiological issues of an aging work force and related modifications" pages 452-453.
This is not good. No matter how fit, prepared, one cannot escape physiological age. I have always said that it should be mandatory from Elementary School to High School that students take Yoga. Yoga increases flexibility and decreases disease-prolonging life in a healthy modality. Unfortnately, in our society that is not the case.
I'm 65, soon turning 66 and retiring at 66 summer of 2013. I'm tired or working full time. I have planned to do fun things which will earn extra money-Fun is the key. I am tired of articles like this one which targets an older population to "re-invent" themselves for a full time post 50 years of age career. Come on-age is age. I'm not going to kill myself when I retire-I have something which I have studied very hard to do and which will earn me consitently while I'm having fun doing it. And it has nothing to do with nursing.
Articles like this these are written by type triple A individuals. If you want to earn some money then at retirement age find something which you will enjoy doing and have fun doing without expending anything beyond 10 hours a week max.