The definition of Retirement in Wikipedia talks exclusively about the stopping of work.  How many of us in reality are financially able to completely stop work, or even want to, at 65?  Work, be it for remuneration or not makes our lives more interesting and gives us purpose and structure.  We Baby boomers find ourselves with life expectancies of 20 to 30 years, so we do not want to take up a life of total leisure when we reach 65. When I found myself unexpectedly without work at 60 it took me some time to realise that I did not have to go back to the 8-5 humdrum, but then I trained as a Life Coach and now I practice from home and plan to continue this till at least 70!

We are starting to see those who have the choice, continuing with working past their 65th birthday.  Many who are thrown out of large corporations in their 65th year, are getting themselves back into the workforce by consulting or subcontracting.  Some are also starting new businesses, taking jobs as Mentors and also Volunteering.  There are such interesting opportunities for Volunteering abroad these days!  I heard only last week of someone in her seventies who volunteered on the Mercy ship and was given the job of showing new people around the ship!!   She went with her daughter who became a cleaner!  What a fun way to see and experience what really goes on in the world!

Have a look at this blog site and see some of the benefits of working in retirement:

It’s Not Just About Money – Here Are 3 Unexpected Benefits of Working in Retirement