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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our lifespans in the developed world, the current model in which we work until age 65 +/- and then "retire" seems sadly outdated.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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  • Gord G 50+

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    Jul 5 2012: I don't want to make a living when I'm that old. I want to make a meaning. If I'm at a time in my life when life itself is considered fortunate, I only wish to culminate it with a full disclosure of my understanding. Hanging on to the hope of prosperity in old age is void of the true value of the life you've lived.
    • Jul 15 2012: I don't wish for prosperity- just a small independent income from something meaningful until I become eligible for a pension in 5 years.

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