An increase in the number of seniors coupled with a shortage of workers are two dynamics prompting governments around the world to reassess their country’s official ‘retirement’ age, often resulting in an increase in the age at which retirement begins and when people can receive their pension.

However, studies indicate that not all older people are prepared, either physically or mentally, to continue working.     As noted in an article by Dr. Muiris Houston in the Irish Times, there are conflicting health trends among older people and significant difference in healthy life expectancy in old age across the EU.    Working when older cannot be seen as ‘one size fits all’.  The best approach is to assess an individual’s ability to continue working in a specific job.