Originally Posted by ebacon
Some people are lucky enough to find a niche and get to work happily into old age.
At my first professional job there was a guy like that. He was an old Italian machinist and came in a few days a week to sharpen tools in the machine shop. Everyone loved him and he was a treasure to talk to.
The company was finally forced to make him retire because of some legal or contractual obligation such as insurance. I think the event happened around his 70th or 80th birthday.
I bumped into him a few years later at K-Mart. He had just bought some fishing worms and was fixing to go fishing. I asked him what he was up to and luckily the local high school was letting him sharpen tools for their machine and wood shops.
If a man finds a groove like that that makes him happy then more power to him.
Probably 70. That's the limit set at my company.
And, yes, absolutely! If someone loves what they do and CHOOSES
to keep going so long as they are able, GREAT!
It's when we try to create societal shame and pressure through economic fiat to compel
people to work into old age, that I believe we cross a line. I believe it's not only unjust, I believe it's cruel and something we as a nation should be ashamed of, for even having the thought that old folks are "freeloaders". They've done their bit, leave them alone. If you're upset because it's costing you money, tough shit for you. Go cry to your mommy, 'cuz I don't care.