My mother retired at 70 because she was forced to by state law! She was a primary school teacher (3rd grade which is 8 year olds). She would have happily kept going for another 5 years. My father never officially retired. He just sort of stopped working so much until he wasn't working at all- he was in his early 50s.
I work very p/t and I don't know when I will stop- 60 maybe? I'm working on a plan to get DH to retire at 50.
My Dad suffered at major stroke at 59 and had to retire - he had been planning to continue working for some years. Fortunately he was around for another 19 years and had a good life - although as a workaholic, he said he missed work every day.
We always expected to be able to retire at 55, but I think to retain a decent standard of living (to us), we'll need to carry on until 65. Time will tell!
Mum didn't work. Dad closed up the business in hid mid-sixties - think but he kept working on projects until he died as he really enjoyed his work and had a very good reputation in the industry.
It seems as if retirement was simpler then. Everyone I know had folks who retired on a half decent income, had a few holidays a year, pottered around garden centres, went to the theatre, joined college lectures, bought a new car ever couple of years... Now it looks like our generation will work until we drop!
My mom (social worker) worked until she dropped (age 63) as she often predicted she would just that, never expected to retire.
My dad (legal worker) formally retired age 65 but still sits by appointment (like a supply teacher but in his profession). He works maybe 6-7 months a year in total. Now 71 & will keep going until he's too frail, he loves his job so I hope he still has another 5-8 yrs at least.
I do office work; don't plan to retire until 75 but in my late 40s & I'm already working PT, not sure I'll ever return to FT.
My Dad retired at 60 and mum around 57 - they have an incredibly good pension from years of working for the same very successful company. They are both in their 80s now and very much enjoying life. I have just started a new job in my mid 50s after 15 years out of the workplace (by choice) so I don't think I will be retiring any time soon - nor my DH; I assume we will probably be working until at least mid 70s.
There are a fair few jobs I would struggle with physically at my age (mid 40's) already so I am a bit concerned about the next 30 years or so of work to come, especially as it is generally so much harder to get jobs past age 40. I'm also wondering if people hanging on in their jobs for longer will mean fewer jobs available for the young?
My dad was forced to retire at 60. Just as well as he was dead 2 years later.
Mum carried on working until her office closed when she was in her late 60s. Didn't think it was worth transferring to another office and having a longer commute at that age.
Could probably do my job into my 70s but there are a number of jobs where you are physically incapable of keeping up as you get older. My DH has been doing the same job since he was 29. Now he is 52 he really can't keep up and it's making him ill.
My dad retired at 55, my mum around 58. (she then worked part time for a while). To be honest, it wasn't good for them, they stopped working and became old - almost over night. They don't have enough going on in their lives, they have focussed on careers over all else so don't have hobbies. It's a bit sad really, and they are driving my DB (who they live near) completely insane.
Personally, I think it will be around the same age, but will make an effort to have stuff in my life so I'm not just going to stop.