Retirement at 70?

As all of you should know by now, I love dentistry. I love taking care of all my patients, and working with some of the best dental team members both past and present. I believe it is an honor to be entrusted with the oral health care of the public, and all of us at Thorup Dental constantly strive to deliver the best care possible to those we serve.

I hope to be able to continue the practice of dentistry for another fifteen to twenty years from now. Why? Because it’s amazing to be able to help people get out of pain, enhance their smile, and just improve their overall health.

I came across an article published from the American Dental Association about the need/ability to continue working till age 70, and it caused me to think about all of us in all professions. Unfortunately it only referenced the financial reasons to continue working:

Working Until 70 Beneficial, Research Suggests.

The AP (5/8) reports “when it comes to retirement, later may be better,” because experts suggest that “working a few more years or drawing your Social Security benefits later can significantly boost income,” which is “particularly important” amid a national decrease in pensions and retirement savings. Research from the Stanford Center on Longevity found that the “best” retirement income approach “for middle-income retirees to have a reliable source of income through retirement is to wait until age 70 to claim Social Security,” and the study’s lead researcher stated, “We keep adding years of life and it all got tacked on to the retirement period and it never changed the retirement age.”

I feel we also need to add more important reasons for working in our professions a bit longer:

1-The wisdom that older workers can impart is often times priceless.
2-On-the-job experience can not be learned in a classroom.
3-Our brains stay sharp when mentally and physically challenged.

So, when will I, Dr. Rob, retire? I get that question from time to time. Hopefully not for a long time, as “70″ is still many years away…

Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful moms!

Dr. Rob