The world has never been so old, and it’s about to get a whole lot older. By 2050, the number of people aging over 65 worldwide will nearly double, to 1.6 billion. And in places like the United States, the baby boomers are becoming poorer as retirement savings dwindle and the costs of housing and healthcare rise.
And a growing cohort of American seniors have found an extreme solution. They’ve given up on owning homes and taken to the road, living in vans and RVs, to become nomads, chasing seasonal work as farm hands or as workers in Amazon’s CamperForce warehouses. While many have adopted this life out of financial necessity, they’re also an example of another trend.
Many healthy people want to find a way to stay productive. This means the end of retirement is coming because many seniors are inventing a whole new stage of life, as midlife careers wane and something entirely new begins.
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