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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our lifespans in the developed world, the current model in which we work until age 65 +/- and then "retire" seems sadly outdated.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 11 2012: At the age of 60 I will have worked 49 years of my life and on average my family life spn. Is mid to late sixities. I would like to stop working and fish and hunt with my kids and grands for the short time before health goes.
    • Jul 15 2012: I think you will a lot longer than your forebears if you just get out there & hunt & fish right now. Most people our age will live longer than their parents purely because we had a better start & better health care & nutrition along the way. Enjoy your possible 20 plus extra years! I wish I could just hunt & fish or something while not having to worry about having income!
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        Jul 15 2012: How do Kay
        Thank you for the kind words. A bit of advise never worry about money for to reasons .
        1. It will just give you gray hair and worry lines
        2. you will die owning somebody
        I have not lead a health lifestyle ever and still don't trust doctors so I don't go to them . I am however heading out to fish in a few days.

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