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Retirees Keep One Foot in the Workforce | NBC NEWS

8 April 2014—Kevin Cahill, Center's research economist was mentioned on

Whether motivated by mental stimulation or money, millions of Americans age 65 and older are keeping one foot in the workforce long after they leave their full-time careers.

Among current seniors, more than 16 percent were still in the labor force in 2010, up from 12 percent in 1990, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. A poll last year by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research also found 82 percent of workers age 50 and older believe it is somewhat likely they will work during retirement.

Often, that means consulting gigs, part-time jobs close to home or entrepreneurial pursuits that convert personal passions — such as carpentry, tutoring or public speaking — into income.

"Lots of older Americans are taking advantage of self-employment," said Kevin Cahill, research economist for the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College. "We're in a new era of retirement, and we're not going back."

He added that "most people assume that seniors keep working due to financial necessity, and some do, but the majority do it to keep active and stay alert.".....

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