Are You Ever too Old to Work?

Why Science Says Retirement Isn’t Ideal

  1. Work is a necessary part of life.
  2. Keep the job you love or find a job that you love and you will never work a day in your life.
  3. Don’t give up: Don’t give up on your dreams, no matter how old you are.
  4. Stay active: Keep active and involved in your community.
  5. Conclusion: You’re never too old to work!

Meaningful Activities

Neuroscience indicates some suggestions for you if you want to live a happy, long life: Keep yourself busy. Too much time spent with no purpose is associated with unhappiness. Stay busy! But not with busy­ work or trivial pursuits, but with meaningful activities. Economists have coined the term unretirement to describe the hordes of people who retire, find they don’t like it and go back to work. Between 25 and 40 percent of people who retire reenter the workforce. The studies say that people who don’t like retirement are more likely to be women, to have higher educational levels, and to be married. They are less likely to have pre-retirement salaries and to have worked in a management or professional capacity.

Age doesn’t define activity levels

A researcher conducted a series of interviews with persons ranging in age from 70 to 100 in order to have a better understanding of what makes for a happy life. Each and every one of them has continued to put in their time and effort. Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen, 71, and Judy Collins, 80, have both upped their work schedules in recent years. The age-related slowdown has forced some people, like George Shultz (90) and the Dalai Lama (84), to alter work schedules, yet they nevertheless manage to achieve more than most of their younger peers on the days they work.

Stay Connected

Maintaining a schedule full of purposeful pursuits takes a few tactics and a change in perspective. There is no use in going to the doctor’s office for a test that would only add three weeks to her life. It’s important for adults to stay connected and keep their minds active. Adults can help to provide children with the tools they need to grow into responsible adults. Adults can also help to teach children how to balance their time by making choices that are more enjoyable than those that are less so. Making a difference of any sort is the key to telling your body to keep itself healthy and active for a little while longer and if you can find meaning in things like these you increase the chance of keeping your mind and body motivated to stay around.

Tips and Tricks To Keep Active

#1 Incorporating reminders into your day — written or verbal

Incorporating reminders into their day can help seniors stay on top of their work. For some, this may mean setting alarms on their phones or watches to remind them to do things like eating or taking medication. Others may prefer cues from others, such as family or friends, to help them stay on track. Verbal cues are especially helpful for those with memory issues.

#2 Dividing large tasks into many smaller tasks

Some helpful tips for dividing up a large task include: breaking the task down into smaller steps, setting a time limit for completing each step, and focusing on one step at a time. Taking these smaller steps will help keep you focused and motivated, and will make the overall task seem less daunting.

Here are a few tips for dividing up a big job:

1. Start by making a list of all the individual tasks that need to be completed.

2. Break down each task into smaller steps, if possible.

3. Assign a specific date or timeframe to each task.

#3 Changing the time of day worked

It’s never too late to change the time of day you work if that’s not working for you. Barbara, who is in her early 70s, decided she needed a change. For years she had been waking up at 5 am to get ready for work, but now that she’s retired she wanted to switch things up. So Barbara started waking up at 7 am and found that it was a much better fit for her lifestyle. She has more time to relax in the morning and still has plenty of time to get things done before bed. If you’re feeling like you need a change in your work schedule, don’t be afraid to try something different!


Some people might think that once they reach a certain age, they’re too old to work. This isn’t the case though! There are many benefits to working later in life, including socialization, mental stimulation, and financial stability.

So don’t be afraid to keep working – it can be very rewarding. And when you finally do retire, make sure to celebrate! Enjoy your well-earned rest and relaxation. But most of all, do not forget to celebrate the results of your efforts because marking them as a celebration is a very strong signal to the subconscious brain that we’re still fit for life and that we are telling our bodies to keep up the good work in maintaining fit and mentally vital

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  1. Two-­ thirds of American workers said they had witnessed or experienced age discrimination at work. Multigenerational teams with older members tend to be more produc­tive. Older adults boost the productivity of those around them, and outperform single-generational teams.