Older workers benefit from working longer. That was the conclusion reached by economists, academics and journalists who gathered at Columbia University for a three-day annual conference called Age Boom Academy.”Work is often beneficial for physical, emotional and cognitive health.”

The key message of the conference, reported in the Star Tribune, is that keeping older workers in the workforce, “contrary to widespread misconception, is good for the economy, contributing to a more productive workforce, with more people paying taxes and fewer drawing Social Security.”

In fact, 85% of people who leave work say they want to get back to work. “While still employed, people tend not to appreciate the benefits of working until “after we have that vast time of private life and leisure,” Columbia psychologist Ursula Staudinger told the conference. “If all of our life is vacation, vacation loses its value.”

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