Making Flexible Retirements Work

Corporations and politicians are seeking new options for people leaving lifelong careers

Alex Harris

After 30 years as a truant officer in Detroit, Jacqueline Kahn is a cardiac nurse.

Making the most of our retirement-age population has become a hot issue in Washington, where for the past 75 years federal policy has been designed around easing folks who are past 50 out of the workforce rather than enticing them to stay in it. If you're reaching that age now, however, you're headed for a whole new reality.

Everyone knows the fiscal pickle we're in: baby boomers are about to retire and tap Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits. To make good on the promises of these programs, the government may have to go much deeper into debt or increase the...

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