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Dr. Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes was quoted in Boston Globe, June 30, 2013:

“In the past, we’ve associated retirement with the concept of full-time leisure,” says Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, director of the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College. “But the percentage of people who say their ideal is complete leisure continues to go down.” The meaning of “work” has dramatically evolved to include more than just the things you get paid to do. “To many people, ‘work’ now means being productive as long as they can. They want to be recognized as contributing human beings. They want to be valued,” says Pitt-Catsouphes. “The new normal is that retirement is going to include some amount of paid work, at least for some period of time.”.


IT’S CONVENIENT to divide boomer workers into two groups: those who want to work and those who need to. But the reality for most people exists somewhere in between. “People who have to work for financial reasons say they get some value out of it,” says Pitt-Catsouphes, “and people who really don’t have to work appreciate the extra income and security.”

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