When Do you Plan to Retire? Will You Retire?
- Blog Post by: Eric Schubert
- February 18, 2013 - 9:26 AM
I know I won’t work as long as Pope Benedict or Sid Hartman or Lynne Lunna, the long-time River Room hostess in Saint Paul. Lunna passed away in 2008, after a 75-year career. (Despite our 50-something year age difference, I’m pretty sure Sid can lap me right now.)
Where do you see yourself? Will you work forever, retire at 65 or earlier, or will you be in a new combo of work in your older years? Why? If you're retired now, are you working? Do you enjoy it?
“Working in retirement” is a relatively new phenomenon. Do you think it's the new normal?
According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute's Retirement Confidence Survey in 1991, just 11 percent of workers expected to retire after age 65. Twenty-one years later, in 2012, 37 percent of workers report they expect to wait until after age 65 to retire. At the same time, the percentage of workers expecting to retire before age 65 has decreased from 50 percent in 1991 to 24 percent.
Do you represent these research results?
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At age 65, a person has a 70 percent chance of needing some type of long-term care in their future years - at an average cost of $48,000.
The default financing source has become Medicaid, which provides publicly funded health care for those in poverty. But the growing number of people turning to Medicaid is creating a crisis in public funding. In short, we face an unprecedented set of enormous costs that we have not prepared for, either individually or publicly. Medicaid as the fallback is unsustainable.
This is a multi-generational issue, a quality of life issue, and a fiscal security issue.
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