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Why work beyond 65? Discourse on the decision to continue working or retire early

Nilsson, Kerstin LU (2012) In Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies 2(3). p.7-28
Abstract
This study examined retirement decisions among people who had left working life before 65 years

of age and those working beyond 65 years in an extended working life. The results were used to

make a model about their considerations, weighting and decision making, and important factors

and themes in working beyond 65 years of age or retiring before 65.

The interviewees seemed to have considered and weighed their own best life balance to finally

result in their identity as (older) worker or early retiree. They included their work situation and social

surroundings in descriptions of their planning and retirement decision making. The most important

themes in these descriptions were... (More)
This study examined retirement decisions among people who had left working life before 65 years

of age and those working beyond 65 years in an extended working life. The results were used to

make a model about their considerations, weighting and decision making, and important factors

and themes in working beyond 65 years of age or retiring before 65.

The interviewees seemed to have considered and weighed their own best life balance to finally

result in their identity as (older) worker or early retiree. They included their work situation and social

surroundings in descriptions of their planning and retirement decision making. The most important

themes in these descriptions were (i) personal health and well-being; (ii) personal finances; (iii)

possibilities for social inclusion; and (iv) possibilities for self-crediting by meaningful activities. Those

identifying themselves as older workers had possibilities in their life situation to manage their work

in relation to their functional ageing and health situation; felt important to others and socially included

in the workplace; and did meaningful tasks and felt empowered in their working life. Those

who had left the working life before 65 years of age describe a better possibility to this outside the

working life and left as soon as they acquire a sufficient pension.

The results and model presented here on how people perceive their identity as older worker or

early retiree will hopefully contribute to understanding retirement planning and to the formulation

of strategies to extend working life. (Less)
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of age and those working beyond 65 years in an extended working life. The results were used to<br/><br>
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and themes in working beyond 65 years of age or retiring before 65.<br/><br>
The interviewees seemed to have considered and weighed their own best life balance to finally<br/><br>
result in their identity as (older) worker or early retiree. They included their work situation and social<br/><br>
surroundings in descriptions of their planning and retirement decision making. The most important<br/><br>
themes in these descriptions were (i) personal health and well-being; (ii) personal finances; (iii)<br/><br>
possibilities for social inclusion; and (iv) possibilities for self-crediting by meaningful activities. Those<br/><br>
identifying themselves as older workers had possibilities in their life situation to manage their work<br/><br>
in relation to their functional ageing and health situation; felt important to others and socially included<br/><br>
in the workplace; and did meaningful tasks and felt empowered in their working life. Those<br/><br>
who had left the working life before 65 years of age describe a better possibility to this outside the<br/><br>
working life and left as soon as they acquire a sufficient pension.<br/><br>
The results and model presented here on how people perceive their identity as older worker or<br/><br>
early retiree will hopefully contribute to understanding retirement planning and to the formulation<br/><br>
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  author       = {Nilsson, Kerstin},
  issn         = {2245-0157},
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  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {7--28},
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  series       = {Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies},
  title        = {Why work beyond 65? Discourse on the decision to continue working or retire early},
  volume       = {2(3)},
  year         = {2012},
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