Wait, how many people are working into their 80s?


Chronological age matters less than how well our bodies and brains work — and how much we need money. No surprise that more and more folks age 80+ do indeed still work.

The Washington Post’s Tara Bahrampour analyzed Bureau of Labor Statistics data and found the number of workers age 80 and older spiked from 110,000 in 1980 (2.5% of the 80+ population) to a 734,000 peak in 2019 (6% of those age 80+).

Business Insider updated the number to show 5.16% of those age 80+ are still working (see chart).

Anecdotally, it feels like this percentage is higher from what I see with family, friends, and clients of all the lenders I work with.

Bahrampour also notes life expectancy is now 79, per CDC. So basically people are working till they die.

Sounds harsh worded like that, but if I apply the anecdotal evidence to this life expectancy stat, most of the older folks working this long — plus those in their 60s and 70s — all say things like:

“Of course I’ll work to the end, it keeps me sharp. What am I gonna do, sit around and rot all day?”

I personally agree with this sentiment. I just hope two things: (1) I’m more working for choice than financial necessity by then, and (2) I stay healthy.

Sadly, that’s not always the case. Which just makes me want to work even harder now. But that’s not healthy though, right?


Biden turns 80 and joins growing ranks of octogenarians who still work

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