"In the U.S., employment of those aged 65 and older doubled between 1977 and 2007 and continues to climb. Not only is overall employment for this group trending up, older workers are also increasingly working full-time instead of part-time." - Bourree Lam, "Nine to Five, After 65," in The Atlantic, April 22, 2015. Here is the article.
There's been a seismic shift. And it seemed to happen overnight. One day we were no where in sight. Then we are all over the place, in full-time permanent jobs, with benefits. The stigma of aging had gone the way of the extreme prejudice against those of alternate sexual orientations.
I have a theory about this. We got back in good jobs because we got the hang of how to present ourselves. Instead of being on the defensive because we had become older, we learned to control the interviews. On the offensive, we hammered how we could create new value for employers and do that in the now. And, damn, we were hired.
This weekend I was busy with two things. I allowed friends to help me celebrate my 70th birthday. The other must-do was shopping for clothes appropriate for the full-time job with benefits which I started yesterday.
I knew I could take on a full-time position because it really is nine to five, not seven in the morning to 11 at night. Through sorting things out with close Baby Boomer friends I recognized that I could no longer do a "big job." But a regular 40 hours would be manageable. So far, so good.