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Retirement In Sight: November 2019

November 20, 2019


Increasingly, Americans older than 65 are finding compelling reasons to return to the workforce, whether part time or full time. Some want the money; some want the challenge and sense of purpose. One factor in their favor: companies in many industries are having a hard time finding enough qualified workers. So far this year, U.S. job openings have outnumbered job applicants. That was also true in 2018. Strong economy or not, this disparity could go on into the future because, generationally speaking, more Americans are exiting the workforce than entering it. So, employers may want older workers with decades of experience to stick around or soon return.

A Harvard Business Review analysis says that by 2025, 25% of U.S. workers are expected to be at least 55 years old. This implies that more than a few doors may be open for retirees who want to work again. You may be one of them. To find compelling work, in which your contributions are valued, think about what your interests are now, as opposed to when you started your career. Announce your job search to your friends and update your skills. Attend meetups and events where you can meet like-minded retirees and employers who respect them and reach back to some of your old career or college contacts.1


A 2018 study published in Circulation, a journal of the American Health Association, concludes that about 60% of early deaths can be linked to negative lifestyle factors. As you approach what is considered retirement age, think about what habits or behaviors could promote health and happiness in your future.

Are you exercising to a degree that, while not arduous, takes you slightly out of your physical comfort zone? Strength training and endurance training are particularly important as we age, and so is stretching to maintain flexibility. (Flexibility relates to balance and joint health.) Nutrient-rich foods need to win out over foods that are merely calorie dense. Living, volunteering, or working with purpose rescues you from the dilemma of having nothing to do. Intellectual challenges and engagement become vital for your mental health, as does your attitude and degree of social interaction. The choice of being a participant in life and its adventures and activities, instead of simply a watcher, may bring recurring physical and mental payoffs.3,4


While Social Security retirement benefits may be taxable at the federal level, depending on income, 37 states do not tax them. (For more information regarding state tax treatment of these benefits and your tax situation, check with your tax or accounting professional.)6

This material was prepared by MarketingPro, Inc., and does not necessarily represent the views of the presenting party, nor their affiliates. This information has been derived from sources believed to be accurate. The publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. If assistance is needed, the reader is advised to engage the services of a competent professional. This information should not be construed as investment, tax or legal advice and may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any Federal tax penalty.

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