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Motivate retirees into academic research - don't let all the wisdom go waste!

People retire - some want to and some are forced to. Depending on an individual's social-physical-economic circumstances, longevity casts varied impacts on self and others.

One thing is sure - there is a lot of accumulated learning and wisdom, and majority of it goes untapped. What a waste of such a fantastic resource...!

In what ways could society motivate willing retirees to continue to contribute actively?

Why does society stop expecting game changing ideas and contributions from experienced individuals? This can't be right, dad!


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    Oct 26 2011: Why academic research? Why not allow all that experience to be used in normal economic activities?
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      Oct 26 2011: Agree. Ideally people should be allowed to work till the day they can. The entire notion of forced retirement came into play during recession.

      Given the situation we are in, drawing experienced heads into research seems more feasible and doable at first.
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        Oct 26 2011: But how do you make that research relevant and accessible, and how do you make non-retired people seek it out and use it?

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