updated 4/13/2006 10:41:58 AM ET 2006-04-13T14:41:58

Some facts and figures about older Americans, their efforts to stay in the work force and their views on retirement.

  • The life expectancy for people who live to age 65 is an additional 18 years, or to age 83, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. The life expectancy for those who live to age 65 is higher for women, almost 20 years, than for men, almost 17 years.
  • The percentage of men and women in their early 50s who expected to work past 65 increased between 1992 and 2004, said Bob Willis, an economy professor who works with the Health and Retirement Study conducted at the University of Michigan.
  • People who left retirement to go back to work were more likely than other retirees to report less enjoyment from leisure time spent with their spouse, according to the analysis of data by Nicole Maestas of the Rand Corp.
  • Those who go back to work after retirement often have higher incomes than those who retire completely, researchers found, though people who go back to work come from all ranges of incomes.
  • The number of older Americans participating in the work force has been rising over the last 15 years or so, after dropping steadily for decades. Researchers attribute that to change in retirement laws, increased lifespans and increasing financial pressures _ from drops in stock prices to increased health care costs.
  • AARP, the advocacy group for older Americans, has partnered with more than a dozen companies to help Americans over age 50 stay in the work force longer and re-enter the work force. The companies are Adecco, AlliedBarton Security Services, Borders Group, Inc., Express Personnel Services, Johns Hopkins Health System, Kelly Services, Manpower Inc., MetLife Inc., Pitney Bowes, Principal Financial Group, The Home Depot, Universal Health Services and Walgreens.

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