Reinventing yourself after retirement

Expert advice on pursuing a second or third career

Diana Cawfield 15 December, 2017 | 6:00PM

If you are working after retirement, you are part of a rising trend in unprecedented times, says gerontologist Suzanne Cook. "We're in a huge societal shift that's occurring," says Cook, who holds a Ph.D. in adult education and community development from the University of Toronto and is an adjunct professor in the department of sociology at Toronto's York University.

"When the retirement age was set at 65, it was a different time and reality," says Cook, a member of the York University Centre for Aging Research and Education. "I think as people realize that life expectancy has increased, they are going to be thinking, I don't want the retirement of my parents."

Cook cites Statistics Canada data that show the percentage of seniors who were working nearly doubled between 1995 and 2015. The federal agency reports that 20% of Canadians aged 65 and older worked at some point in 2015. "You can see the upswing in employment," says Cook, "and I predict that it's continuing to increase."

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Diana Cawfield

Diana Cawfield  Diana Cawfield is an award-winning writer who has been a regular Morningstar contributor since 2000. Her numerous publication credits include the Toronto StarAdvisor's Edge and Chatelaine, as well as the Canadian Securities Institute's online educational services.

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