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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our lifespans in the developed world, the current model in which we work until age 65 +/- and then "retire" seems sadly outdated.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 12 2012: Right now I´m working on stemcell-aging, but from october I switch to experimental cancer study. I´m responsible for all the things related to Flow Cytometry that happen in our lab. If you are interested in papers:
    Sadly I´m the author of none of them because I´m only a technician, but you can find me in the group Rudolph part of the website.

    I wonder, don´t you have something like a retirement pension in U.S.? Or can you only get it by signing up for a insurance kind of thing?
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      Jul 12 2012: Fascinating. Good luck with your research, Florian. I cannot answer your question as I am a Canadian.
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      Jul 13 2012: I am guessing you mean something besides our token social security system and our medicare program. The existence of pensions varies widely from one company to the next with fewer and fewer offering them at all.

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