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Redefining RetirementHow Will Boomers Fare?$
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Brigitte Madrian, Olivia S. Mitchell, and Beth J. Soldo

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199230778

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230778.001.0001

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Are Baby Boomers Living Well Longer?

Are Baby Boomers Living Well Longer?

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(p.95) Chapter 5 Are Baby Boomers Living Well Longer?
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Redefining Retirement
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Brigitte Madrian (Contributor Webpage)

Olivia S. Mitchell (Contributor Webpage)

Beth J. Soldo (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230778.003.0005

This chapter uses the Health and Retirement Study to describe the relationship between work and health for older persons by age. It examines patterns within a given cross-section and also trends in health at ages 51-56 between 1992 and 2004. Most retirement occurs well before the onset of work-limiting disability, leaving a large reserve of potential for longer worklives. Baby Boomers will likely have to draw on this reserve, yet its health is not demonstrably better than that of persons born a dozen years earlier. Nevertheless, advances in medical care for health conditions that most 51-56 year olds have not yet encountered may still yield better health at older ages for the Boomer cohort.

Keywords:   health trends, retirement, disability, worklife, Baby Boomer, medical advances, Health and Retirement Study

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