Aging Members Will Stick Around (& Keep Learning) Longer Than You Think

Every day, 10,000 Americans turn 65. Many associations operate with the assumption that they’ll lose these aging members to retirement. But don’t jump to that conclusion—older members may not be going anywhere anytime soon.

According to a Merrill Lynch/Age Wave study, nearly 50 percent of retirees want to continue working in retirement. One-third said they have to because they need the money, and two-thirds want to work to stay mentally active.

A bright future for aging members

But will these older workers find jobs? Yes, they will, said economists at Northeastern University. By 2025, the U.S. will have more than 15 million new jobs but only 9 million people of working age (18 to 64) to fill those positions. Businesses will have to bridge that gap with older, 65+ workers.

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