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Erik Richardson

Teacher, Richardson Ideaworks, Inc.


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How will you spend your time and/or make a living between ages 60 and 100?

As improved medicine and machinery continue to expand our lifespans in the developed world, the current model in which we work until age 65 +/- and then "retire" seems sadly outdated. New questions begin to arise, though, when we reflect on how we will each make a living and how we will make a life. I am excited to see what kind of ideas you all come up with.

One particular question related to the model is this: if someone goes back to school to re-tool for a whole new career at, say, 50, will they get hired into career-track positions where they could work for 20 years?


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    Jul 9 2012: With all due respect, You have asked One Questions which Satisfies two aims, Spending Time & Make a Living,

    I would like to divide them first, Spending Time, depends totally on your interests & hobbies, Now when you are at 60 to 100 Most of your hobbies become diificult, for eg: Outdoor activities
    So create New Hobbies & take Interest in things which suits your age.

    Second, Making a Living, This is a bit difficult Question, But their are options, depending on your health & Background, You have to be Very Selective, Because opposite to your Young age, Now you are planning a career when you are not strong, So a career Should be Something, which Don't Need Much of a Precision & Should not be Multitasking, (Generalized View, for Common People), Save Energy to live Longer & HEALTHIER life. Most Importantly, Spend Some time with your Family, which you ignored all your life.

    Now Combining Both Making a Living & Spending Time, can be answered with below example.
    Eg: book Writing, can be a career in which you decide, When & how much time you can give.

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