I am at an age when retirement has increasingly discernible features. But I don’t feel anywhere near ready to retire, especially if I’m going to live another 30 years or more and want a decent income so I can travel and enjoy life. I also have loved ones who are close to 65 and more vital, productive and engaged at work than people decades younger. All this to say — 65 comes at you fast, and you don’t feel unable to work another minute longer on your 65th birthday. Nor will you feel you can actually afford to retire in an era when many of us don’t have workplace pensions and we’re living longer than ever.

Today in The Conversation Canada, Thomas Klassen of York University makes a compelling argument that we should rethink how we perceive old age to more accurately reflect the total number of people in Canada’s working age population. He writes that even though mandatory retirement at age 65 was eliminated more than a decade ago, laws and public policy, including Statistics Canada definitions, continue to assume that everyone retires at 65.

He calls for a modern definition of the many stages of aging after 65, adding it would “mitigate stereotypes of older workers and ageism while prodding governments to reform outdated laws and provide a boost to an economy often facing worker shortages.”

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Lee-Anne Goodman

Politics, Business + Economics Editor

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Antiquated thinking about old age hinders Canada’s economic and social development

Thomas Klassen, York University, Canada

A revised retirement age would significantly decrease the number of people classified as ‘old’ and would more accurately reflect the total number of working people in Canada.

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Cancer groundshot: Access to proven treatments must parallel development of new therapies

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An Indigenous-led effort to increase caribou abundance and cultural practices like hunting is successfully increasing the caribou population

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Adrian Ma, Toronto Metropolitan University

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