Are You an Older Worker? Know Older Workers? Let Us Know

BY Paul Solman  November 1, 2012 at 3:32 PM EST

Elderly Workers
Mary Brassard, 86, Dorrace Delaney, 74, and Roger Huff, 68, work at Vita Needle in Needham, a manufacturing company whose average age of worker is 74. Photo by Joanne Rathe/The Boston Globe via Getty Images.

By Elizabeth Shell

The American workforce is getting older. The government estimates that by the end of the decade, a quarter of the labor force will be 55 years old or older. In 1990, that figure was 12 percent. And a mere 18 percent of us expect to stop working once we’ve hit retirement age, according to a recent study by the Aegon Group.

Here at Making Sen$e, we’re working on a series about the older workforce, investigating the need of so many Americans to continue working despite passing retirement age and the effect that has on the economy. Some are working longer because they have to; some because they want to. Are you one of these folks? Know someone who is? We want to hear from you.

Fill out our Public Insight Network form and tell us about yourself. We want to know about your experience, whether you are a 55-plus worker, the employer that hires them, or the colleague working alongside them. We want to know it all: the good, the bad and the gray.

(And don’t worry, everything you write is completely confidential. We won’t quote you without your permission.)

Click here if you know someone 55+ who still works.

Or here if you are 55+ and still working.

Thank you. We look forward to reading your stories.

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