Are Older Workers Capable of Working Longer?

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The brief’s key findings are:

  • Working longer is a key to retirement security, but recent worsening health trends raise the question of how long people will be able to work.
  • The analysis estimates “working life expectancy” for those over 50 – how long they will be alive, living in the community, and free of disabilities.
  • The results show that, over the period 2006-2018, gains in “working life expectancy” have slowed.
  • And many Black workers, as well as whites with less education, may not be capable of working to Social Security’s full retirement age of 67.