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Retirement Not An Old-fashioned Idea

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April 04, 2014 AT 3:20 AM
The idea of retiring from work is a relatively modern one, dating back to the middle of the 19th century. Most developed countries maintain a specific retirement "age," usually the first year at which one can apply for public retirement benefits. You don't have to stop working, of course, and many Americans don’t stop working even after filing for Social Security benefits. Ideally, you work past 65 because you like the social and mental aspects of a daily occupation.