The Boomers in our study describing retirement as a reflection of disengagement and detachment from society – not the active and engaged lifestyle they yearned for. Rather than leave the workforce entirely, they wanted to scale back, switch jobs, or pursue their passions, which they didn’t label as “retirement.”
Ageism has direct implications on the lives of older adults. Efficient public policy and administration requires public officials to understand the changing demographics in the communities they serve. They should also be aware of the cultural biases in their societies and how these may affect policy outcomes.