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RESPECTFUL EXITS

Respectful Exits aims to strengthen our workforce and economy by mobilizing the voices and talents of aging workers.

From now until 2029, 10,000 Americans will turn 65 each day. Many of these 50 million+ “Boomers” have been retired prematurely. Half of workers aged 55 have $14,000 or less in savings to finance their retirement.

The old model and dream of working to 65 and retiring for a decade of pension-funded leisure is outdated and broken. It is past time for employer practices to catch up with the new longevity.  Since the 1980s, we have added 20 years to lifespans, yet vibrant contributors are being discarded daily, pensions have been cut, and the social safety net is being shredded.

Respectful Exits is the organized voice of aging workers, insisting that employers implement our common sense Longevity Agenda:

  • End the 65 “sell-by” date as a mandatory or informal “retirement age”;

  • Practice career-long development and training of all staff;

  • Encourage robust flexible scheduling for employees of all ages;

  • Provide ongoing, on-demand financial wellness counseling; and

  • Implement and promote flexible and phased retirement options.

Through a dynamic national campaign with local affiliates, we educate, advocate, and mobilize for comprehensive change in employers across the U.S.

About Us

We challenge 65 as the widely assumed ‘sell-by’ date.
Milk curdles; people don’t.

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OUR FOCUS AREAS

BOOMER EXODUS

From 2011 until 2029, 10,000 Boomers a day—or 60 million people—turned and will turn 65.

That’s the equivalent of one-and-a-half Californias.

INCREASED LONGEVITY

Life expectancy is up 20 years, yet workers are discarded at 65 or earlier.

Social Security set the retirement eligibility age at 65 in 1936.

IMPENDING POVERTY

50% of workers 50-64 have less than $14,000 in savings to last 20-30 years.

Invested, that yields $50 per month.

RETIREMENT DEMAND

64% of workers hope to work longer and ease into retirement, while 5% of employers offer formal programs.

The demand increases, but the supply does not.

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