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Long career, long life

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The ticket prices for the most recent Rolling Stones tour tend to make a lot of jaws drop. But so will another fact. As of the writing of this article, the Stones are as follows, Mick Jagger, 73, Keith Richards 73, Charlie Watts, 75, and Ronnie Wood, 69. So is there something about playing a three-hour rock show every night that keeps you young? Maybe. But here’s another jaw-dropper. Famed investment king, business whiz, and philanthropist Warren Buffett is 86—and he’s still working!


So maybe rock and roll isn’t the secret so much as it is doing something you love.


We’re living longer

Which is interesting news considering the constant rise in life expectancy over time. Data from the World Bank shows, the average U.S. life expectancy has risen from about 70 in 1960 to about 79 in 2015.


According to the 2016 Aegon Retirement Readiness Survey, people across the globe expect to retire on average at age 63. That would leave most people a 40-year career that needs to pay for a 20-year retirement. That could be a stretch.


Work longer, live longer

Increases in life expectancy may mean we need to work a little longer than we’re used to thinking we should. But that may not be such a bad thing. A recent study conducted by Oregon State University concluded that working past age 65 could lead to a longer life. The researchers found an 11% lower risk of death in healthy adults who retired one year past 65.


“It may not apply to everybody, but we think work brings people a lot of economic and social benefits that could impact the length of their lives,” Chenkai Wu, who led the study, said in a news release.


Do your best work

The amazing thing about continuing to work is that it may actually allow you to do your best work. The average age for Nobel prize-winning scientists is 48. And according to a New York Times article about John Goodenough, a 94-year old who just filed a new patent for a potentially world-changing battery, people ages 46 – 60 received the majority of international patents between 2011 and 2014.


And if you aren’t doing something you love, it’s possible to start fresh and still achieve amazing things later in life, as proven by the likes of Charles Darwin, Harland Sanders, and Julia Child, among others.


Do you have any insights about working longer to live longer? We’d love to hear about them below.



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