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16 February 2014—Elizabeth Fideler, Center's research fellow was mentioned on www.bostonglobe.com

DELAYING RETIREMENT: Elizabeth Fideler of Framingham was at a party two years ago celebrating the publication of her first book, “Women Still at Work: Professionals Over Sixty and On the Job,” when she decided a sequel needed to be written.

“The men were basically saying, ‘What about us?’ ” recalled Fideler, a research fellow at the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College, and chairwoman of the Framingham Public Library’s board of trustees, and Framingham Reads Together. “I had already had the idea and didn’t need any arm-twisting.”

Her new book, “Men Still at Work: Professionals Over Sixty and On the Job,” was issued this month by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Based on surveys and in-depth interviews, the book explores the reasons why so many older men bypass retirement, including the perceived need to provide for their families, job satisfaction, sense of purpose, and economic issues, Fideler said.

While both books profile highly educated seniors who are financially able to retire, the new book compares the genders. The main difference, she said, is that women are not prospering to the same degree as men, due to their typically shorter careers and the gender gap in pay resulting in lower Social Security payments.

Fideler said interest in the subject will continue to grow as baby boomers move into the senior ranks.

“People are healthier on average and living longer,” she said, noting that many also find time to volunteer in their communities, “and I think we’ll see more and more people staying on the job because they want to and they can.”

Fideler will host a book talk and signing events on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 1 Worcester Road in Framingham, and on March 20 at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge.

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