The association of getting older with decline runs deep. To carry on with work — or anything more demanding than an afternoon lecture, a movie and an early dinner — during the traditional retirement years seems cute at best and depressing at worst.
Forty percent of Americans age 18 to 49 believe that the reluctance of older Americans to retire is bad for American workers.
Here's the thing: Not only are older workers sticking around, they are also helping to boost demand at the consumer level.
MPR News' Chris Farrell, filling in for MPR News host Kerri Miller, speaks with journalist Kerry Hannon and executive director of the Life Course Center at the University of Minnesota, Kate Schaefers, about rethinking and reimagining work and age.