Obamacare isn’t spurring earlier retirement – at least, not yet


The Affordable Care Act is doing plenty of good for older Americans, but one thing it is not doing is convincing them to retire early. One prediction of the impact of the healthcare law, commonly known as Obamacare, was that the ACA would end job lock – the phenomenon of workers hanging onto jobs just […]

Premature retirement: Who faces the greatest risk?


Planning to work longer to bolster your retirement finances? It can make a big difference, but it is tough to pull off. Half of all retirees leave the workforce earlier than planned due to a health problem or job loss. Blue collar workers with physically demanding jobs are most susceptible to early retirement, according to […]

Retirees driving for Uber? Older Americans gearing up for the shared economy

Brook Folk

Five dollars may not sound like much pay for doing a job, but don’t tell that to Brooke Folk. At age 67, Folk spends up to 30 hours a week on projects generated through Fiverr.com, a shared-economy website that requires all its vendors to offer something to customers for just $5 and takes a 20 […]

Building retirement security by avoiding job burnout: A Q&A with Kerry Hannon

Kerry Hannon

If you are counting the days to retirement because you hate your job, career expert Kerry Hannon has a message for you: “Stick with it.” Burnout is one of the biggest problems in the workplace, especially for older workers. An annual survey on retirement by the Employee Benefit Research Institute consistently finds that about half […]

Time for progressives to embrace working longer and a strengthened retirement safety net


It’s time for progressives to sort out a question about retirement policy: Is it possible to advocate for progressive ideas like an improved social insurance system and preservation of defined benefit pensions, but also acknowledge the benefits of longer working lives? I count myself as a progressive who is able to hold both these ideas […]

The Boomer entrepreneurship trend: Slowing or just getting started?

Nancy Kessler

Nancy Kessler spent much of her career as a museum curator, but she also has had a lifelong love of working with older people that dates to her childhood. At very young age, she would visit a 90-year-old neighbor who would tell her stories about her life. Kessler’s interest in oral history and folklore grew, and […]

Phased retirement: A disconnect between workers and employers


There’s no better way to improve the odds of achieving a secure retirement than working longer. Research shows that a majority of Americans hope to implement that strategy – many through a “phased retirement” involving continued work with reduced hours. Just one problem: many employers aren’t on board. Two-thirds of baby boomer workers envision a phased […]

Stanford pushes the envelope for higher ed on midlife career change

Dr. Philip Pizzo,  founder of Stanford's Distinguished Careers Institute.

Is college wasted on the young? Dr. Philip Pizzo might not go that far, but he does hope to turn the world of higher education on its head by getting universities to focus on an older student body – much older than the typical twenty-something undergraduate. Pizzo, a pioneering oncologist and former dean of Stanford […]

More on Silicon Valley’s workplace discrimination problems


The New York Times weighed in this week on Silicon Valley’s monoculture with a feature article exploring gender discrimination written by Jodi Kantor and a Joe Nocera column on high technology’s ethnic and racial diversity problems and lack of real meritocracy.  I’ll just chime in by noting – again- that Silicon Valley also has an age discrimination problem. […]

A report from the epicenter of encore careers


PHOENIX – The ironic location of the Encore 2014 conference wasn’t lost on Marc Freedman, the organization’s founder and CEO: Maricopa County, Arizona, birthplace of the idea of retirement as a time of leisure. In January, 1960, Del Webb opened Sun City here. “Webb was a remarkable social innovator, and he came up with the idea of […]