The New Retirement
Sixty-five is a number that has forever been a number stamped on the minds of many Zoomers. As the traditional retirement age, we’ve always calibrated our mental calendars towards that big day, the long-awaited moment when we can finally stop setting the alarm, slurping down a quick coffee and rushing off to work.
After many harried years in the trenches, turning 65 always signified that it was finally time to relax, travel, visit the grandkids, try out the new golf clubs or explore previously shelved hobbies. Life, we felt, would finally be experienced on our own terms.
While that dream isn’t dead, it’s certainly undergoing a radical change, at least according to the recent release of the 2013 Sun Life Canadian Unretirement Index. Instead, says Kevin Dougherty, president of Sun Life Financial Canada, “It’s being replaced by the reality that many people expect to be working beyond the traditional retirement age.”
Here are some of the key trends emerging from this year’s Unretirement Index that illustrate the dwindling stock we are placing on this once vaunted age marker:
Age 65 is no longer a benchmark: Almost as many working Canadians (26%) expect to be working past 65 as those who expect to retire at that age.
We’ve got no choice but to work: The proportion of Canadians who expect to be working after 65 because they “need to” has increased by 53% since 2012.