Retirement Dilemmas and Decisions

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Individuals/couples in their fifties, sixties, and early seventies are making strategic selections regarding retirement: its nature, timing, and sequence, including how to spend time. Dilemmas constraining their options result from demographic, economic, and technological forces; structural lag in institutions and templates; social structures (age, gender, socioeconomic status, race, country) shaping the cumulation of advantages or disadvantages that have resulted from prior work, family, and health trajectories and transitions; the fact that unprecedented numbers of women and couples are increasingly facing retirement; and individuals' own situational exigencies (including caring for infi rm relatives). Even as older workers and retirees are healthier and better educated than ever before in history, there are no institutionalized paths offering new options for ongoing but less-than full-time public engagement. Scholars have yet to capture the impacts of these forces reshaping decision-making (and health outcomes) in this emerging phase of adulthood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Work and Aging
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199940752
ISBN (Print)9780195385052
StatePublished - Mar 16 2012

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© 2012 by Oxford University Press, Inc. All rights reserved.


  • Civic engagement
  • Decision-making
  • Gender
  • Health
  • Life course
  • Midcourse
  • Retirement dilemmas and decisions
  • Retirement project
  • Time use
  • Volunteering
  • Work


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