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06/18/2013 10:38 am ET Updated Aug 18, 2013

Retire Well By Never Retiring At All: A Quick Guide

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The media world is buzzing about retirement. We're hearing about it now from people whose major mission used to explaining housekeeping or the federal debt. Some British researchers, meanwhile, have concluded that working is good for your long-term health.

It's important to remember that programmatic sloth in old age is not the historic norm. We made up the idea of a leisurely retirement from whole cloth in the last few decades. Before that, the majority of people  (mostly men) worked until they dropped.

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