Former Secretary of State Kathleen Connell, the 79-year-old who heads AARP Rhode Island,
says: "An anticipated longer lifespan means that people [may] have to work longer to save'' for
longer years in retirement. -- Providence Journal Photo/Steve Szydlowski
By Katherine Gregg
Journal State House Bureau
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — In the decade leading up to Labor Day 2016, the number of workers age 55 and up grew by a whopping 38 percent in Rhode Island.
It is not just a Rhode Island phenomenon.
AARP says it is tracking the same trend nationwide, as people living longer, healthier lives choose to stay in the mix to stave off the fear that they will outlast their money and other personal reasons including the personal satisfaction they get from working. By 2024, the 55-years-and-older group is expected to occupy nearly 25 percent of the nation’s labor force.