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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our lifespans in the developed world, the current model in which we work until age 65 +/- and then "retire" seems sadly outdated.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 23 2012: In the third age, I would like to study, to write books, to do some gardening, to practice Tai Chi, to have long conversations with friends and with my family, to walk at least an hour a day and of course, enjoy with the kids around me.
    That was my ideal future, without pains or any kind of mental or phyisical problem which could stop me from doing what I want. As somebody have asked before, what happens if I can't do those things?Well, then I will go with my B plan: Since I like the pharmacology, I will study about it and I will try to be supplied with as many drugs as I aill be able to, and I will take codeine or opium (as our ancestors used to do) until the end of my life, so at least I will not disturb to my family.

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