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Continued: Census: Retirement age doesn't mean 65

  • Article by: DAVID PHELPS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 12, 2007 - 12:51 AM

"Health is inversely related to retirement," Fossum said.

Many seniors take part-time jobs after retiring, to keep busy and earn money on the side. Others modify their schedules to keep their jobs, but at a reduced level of involvement.

"In Minnesota, there's a work ethic," said former Minnesota Attorney General Hubert Humphrey III, president of AARP in Minnesota. "People want to work. They may want flexibility, but they want to work."

Humphrey said employers are discovering that older workers can help the corporate bottom line by reducing the cost of training new workers.

Humphrey, who turned 65 last June and still teaches classes at the University of Minnesota, consults with his former full-time employer, Tunheim Partners, and volunteers with AARP.

"I plan to work full time until I'm at least 70," he said.

David Phelps • 612-673-7269

David Phelps • dphelps@startribune.com

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