One in 12 British residents aged 70 or above works full- or part-time, the Office for National Statistics has revealed.
In 2009, only one in British 22 seniors still worked, meaning the figure has more than doubled. The ranks of older working men and women have swollen by 137 percent and 131 percent respectively.
The US workforce is experiencing the same shift.
With people living longer and healthier than before, it follows that they should work longer to compensate.
But while intellectually-stimulating work could well delay cognitive decline, many elderly people are limited to manual labour-intensive jobs.
And the demographics restricted to menial roles often overlap with those who have no choice but to continue working.
Single pensioners, women, ethnic minorities, and non-landowners are most affected by pensioner poverty.
Should we be concerned by the growing number of seniors working?
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