Are Older Men Healthy Enough to Work Longer?

Source: Alicia H. Munnell, Mauricio Soto, and Alex Golub-Sass, Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, Issue in Brief, IB# 8-17, October 2008

The brief’s key findings are:
• Most people will need to work longer, particularly those who have just seen a large portion of their nest eggs evaporate.
• Disability-free life expectancy at age 50 increased by three years between 1970 and 2000, suggesting most men can work to their mid-60s or later.
• But the average gain masks large disparities by race and education.
• And further gains may be unlikely because obesity is rising and educational levels have plateaued.
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