Most Americans no longer view retirement as a total departure from the work force, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey of 1,024 adults ages 50 and over. The researchers found that:

  • 82 percent of respondents who are working but not yet retired said it is "likely" or "very likely" that they will do some work for pay during retirement.
  • 47 percent of respondents who are currently working said they plan to retire later than they expected when they were 40, due to financial need, health issues or the need for benefits.
  • One-third of already-retired respondents said they were forced to retire by their employers.
  • 39 percent of respondents reported having $100,000 or less saved for retirement, not including pensions or homes; and 24 percent have less than $10,000.
  • 20 percent reported that they had experienced prejudice or discrimination because of their age in the job market or at work since turning 50.

— Jamie Chamberlin