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Sarah Carey


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Just a number: Retirement can be disaster for some – and older workers can bring invaluable experience and know-how to a job

Just a number: Retirement can be disaster for some – and older workers can bring invaluable experience and know-how to a job

Just a number: Retirement can be disaster for some – and older workers can bring invaluable experience and know-how to a job

With government formation dominating the conversation, issues that seemed so vital a few short weeks ago have disappeared off the agenda. What hasn't disappeared is the persistent anxiety afflicting me since the pension panic put the government on the backfoot.

In the middle of the row, it struck me I don't really have a pension, so my old age will be a slow slide from genteel poverty into pauperism.

The problem is I never thought much about retiring because I never really knew anyone who retired. Most of my relations are farmers, who gradually slowed down; and their wives, who rarely had paid formal work, but remained busy and active contributing to their families and communities.