Your Work Peak Is Later Than You Think, According To Research
What we’ve been told about aging is wrong… or at least only half the story.
Growing up, I rarely saw role models over 60 in the media, and I heard almost entirely negative things about people over 6o…
“They’re taking jobs from recent grads by not retiring and making space.”
“Because a higher percentage of people are older, they are eating up all of the social security benefits and there won’t be anything left by the time my generation retires.”
“Aging is a gradual decline of mental and physical faculties.”
“Life satisfaction decreases as we get older.”
“Retirement is about winding down.”
This story needs to change because it’s not true.
To evolve our thinking, we need to look past the averages.
As individuals age, interindividual heterogeneity increases more than most people appreciate. This is an academic way of saying that as we get older, we become more and more different from people our same age. We age at different rates physically and mentally. In addition, our different values and att…