Will You Work Forever?

BY David Pelcyger and Elizabeth Shell  June 7, 2013 at 4:09 PM EST


Video shot and produced by David Pelcyger

Next week, PBS NewsHour will launch an interactive project on the so-called “death of retirement.”

Many of us will continue to work well past the traditional retirement age either because we want to or we need to.

Throughout the project we profile Americans navigating this new work landscape, including those who thought their work years were well behind them.

Babs Tatalias retired at age 61.

But after the stock market crashed in 2008, Tatalias went back to work, starting a new career as a kindergarten teacher without any prior teaching experience.

Now at 68, Tatalias has no plans to stop working.

“I remember in the beginning I thought, I don’t know if I can do this. Little kids are totally different than anything I’d been used to. In the business world you usually got results immediately when you asked someone to do something.” She continues, “Now, I’m totally having fun with it.”

So, is retirement as we know it a thing of the past? How long are we likely to work? We have spent the past year looking at the factors — demography, economics and just plain personal preference — that help explain what’s happening to the American workforce as it ages in our special project, New Adventures for Older Workers.