Gerontology

Gerontology

This is an opinion question only – but try to give a rationale for your answer. As you respond, keep in mind this basic truth; with all rights come responsibilities. In the past, the ability to retire was limited to only the most wealthy; not only did fewer people survive to a retirement age, but very few could afford to retire. People certainly slowed down as they aged and perhaps gave up the “heavy lifting” on the farm or at the shop, but work was pretty much a life-long requirement for most people. In other words, the right to retire is a relatively new invention and could be considered a privilege. Is there a responsibility that goes along with retiring? Do you believe it is the responsibility of able-bodied elderly retirees to remain engaged and productive through volunteering, religious activity, and other forms of civic engagement?