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Aging Americans and locals delaying retirement

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Updated: 10/14/2013 11:51 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Many people who are Rob Kretzscmar's age move to sunny Florida to retire, but not this 56-year-old. He's in Jacksonville because he just got a new job.

"I'll probably be working until the day I die," he said.

It's something he didn't exactly plan for, but he's far from alone. A new poll conducted by the Center for Public Affairs Research and the Associated Press shows that about half of people 50 and older plan to retire at a later date than they previously expected. The survey also shows that like Kretzscmar, most are actually embracing working longer.

"It beats the alternative which is pushing up the daisies," he said.

Even those fifty and sixty somethings that do decide to retire, according to the survey, more than 80% of them will continue to find ways to get paid. Those polled cited finances and benefits as the main reasons for continuing to work.

People are living longer and healthier, but Kretzcsmar says his blessing is also his curse. He does hope to one day be able to have enough saved so he can relax.

"I do look forward to the time when I can retire and hopefully enjoy what has been saved for retirement," he said.
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