That list of who retires and who hangs in there - like Rupert Murdoch and Betty White - has become a must-watch. Actually, since the concept of retirement has been disrupted, it probably is more followed than obits.
Retirement, a 19th century innovation by Germany's Otto von Bismarck, is in play.
More and more are finding retirement boring.
They notice that folks treat them as invisible. That even happens to lawyers who were once powerful Brandnames.
And soon enough the angst takes over that they could run out of money before they run out of years.
According to the Federal Reserve Board, one-third of those who retire unretire. There is even a term for that: reverse retirement.
Harder's retirement is noteworthy to me because I first bumped into him when we were both doctoral students at the University of Michigan.
He was doing a clinical for the Department of Psychology and I, as would characterize my life, was in a state of high drama because of life.
The whole thing soured when I requested and he refused to turn over my clinical records.
I ponied up the bucks to have a Greenwich, Connecticut lawyer send a letter. The records came.
My hunch for decades had been right: We were not a good fit. Of course, that was more drama. I loved it.
Now that Harder is retired, he's off one kind of radar. That's the focus on those who are determined to continue to work full time or open new businesses, in their 60s, 70s, 80s, and soon enough it will be in their 90s.
As a coach for the over-50, I help them outwit ageism. It's the last form of discrimination employers can get away with in developed economies. Yes, the UK is riddled with it.
Here is my most recent book, free to click open and read, on bypassing aging and continuing to earn a very good living Download Outwitting ageism
Most of my coaching clients are in their 60s, encountering ageism flashpoints. Those moments are analogous to the severe unraveling we Baby Boomers experienced when we finished our formal education and had no choice but to take on the rite of passage of getting a job. Remember the film "The Graduate?"
Now that Harder is off the watch list, in a sense he ceases to exist. Bye-bye. One wonders will his wife Debbie Greenwald also retire? Will the two uproot and relocate to places like Arizona or North Carolina?
This is capitalism. We are how we earn income.
Yesterday, when I went to donate blood, someone asked me the usual: Are you still working? Yes, I replied. Their eyes lit up and they decided I was worth having a conversation with.
The last time I surfed the internet chasing obits was 2014. I found my childhood friend's name - Mary Ellen Butcher Gallo. She had been 58 when she passed over. Stunner. That's when I embraced tracking retirements, instead.
Don't contact me if you retire. The whatever is over.
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“Over-50: Outsmarting Your Comfort Zone” https://over-50.typepad.com/over-50/2018/05/outsmarting-your-comfort-zone-free-book.html
“Over-50: The Four Monsters in the Mind” https://over-50.typepad.com/over-50/2018/04/ageism-bites-.html