Magazine article Aging Today

Goodbye to the Gold Watch Days: America's (Brave) New World of Retirement

Magazine article Aging Today

Goodbye to the Gold Watch Days: America's (Brave) New World of Retirement

Article excerpt

The August 2014 issue of Harper's Magazine featured an excellent article by Jessica Bruder, "The End of Retirement: When You Can't Afford to Stop Working." In it she tells the story of a new class of Tom Joad-like nomads, a wandering cohort of older adults created by the confluence of the Great Recession, ageism and questionable labor practices. The people in this population drive their RVs from transient job to transient job, cobbling together a meager living, with no real plan for if or when they can no longer work these often physically taxing jobs, like harvesting beets or boxing packages for Amazon.

This cultural phenomenon is not central to the story we're telling in this issue's In Focus section on retirement, but it does poignantly illustrate the need for professionals in the held of aging to think hard about options for the elders they serve. …

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