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The US government set the age of eligibility for the national pension program at 65 in 1935, when health and life expectancies were drastically different from today. Writer Linda Marsa, herself over age 65, reveals why retirement is a persistent but outdated concept. Data show that many older adults are willing and able to continue working and that the economy will need them to do so. Progressive companies are starting to adapt the workplace to accommodate them and profiting from it. getAbstract recommends this article to mature workers and those in a position to hire them.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the US retirement age of 65 came about,
  • How progressive companies adapt to accommodate older workers and
  • How everyone benefits when older people continue to work.

About the Author

Linda Marsa is a contributing editor at Discover magazine and author of Fevered: How a Hotter Planet Will Harm Our Health.



The US government introduced a pension for retirees in 1935. Economics required the program to have an eligibility age, even though health was clearly a more important factor in people’s ability to work. By setting the age at 65, the government stereotyped over-65s as less healthy and less independent...

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