Baby boomers forced to work past retirement

THE retirement dream is turning into a working nightmare for baby boomers.

At least 27% of the 26,025 residents aged over 65 who are living in Ballina, Byron Bay, Lismore, Kyogle and the Richmond Valley area will be working into their 70s if new research holds true.

A Galaxy Research study, to be released today, found that one quarter of us wanted to retire as early as possible, but 27% would be forced to work longer due to dwindling finances.

And 42% of the 1800 people surveyed said it would be hard to cope with their job at 70.


  • The Ballina, Byron Bay, Lismore, Kyogle and the Richmond Valley areas have about 26,025 people aged over 65.
  • 25% of older people want to retire as early as possible.
  • 27% will be forced to work into their 70s due to money problems.
  • 42% say it will hard to cope doing their job at 70.
  • 40% of people want to keep working because it's good for their health.

Source: Galaxy Research; University of Adelaide Public Health Information Development Unit

National Seniors president Michael O'Neill said the community was used to the age-old adage that retirement kicked in at 65, but with people living longer, there were a few problems on the horizon.

"I think for quite some time the longevity penny had never dropped," he said.

Mr O'Neill said working longer could be great for the mind.

"One of the upsides of the growth in dementia issues is that people have become much more aware about keeping their grey matter active," Mr O'Neill said.

Kronos chief Peter Harte, whose workforce management company commissioned the survey, said businesses needed to come up with ways to manage worker needs depending on age.

"Businesses need to tackle how these different generations work together to maintain productivity and utilise tools such as workforce management systems which enables two-way learning programs to help businesses manage this challenge and ensure knowledge is shared and retained across the board," Mr Harte said.

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