After all, being perceived as "older" and "too old" is new. Then the game is binary: We can throw in the towel, begin collecting Social Security and live off passive assets. Or, we can decide to start making progress on the learning curve about how to keep working, at any age.
The second shock is that there is so much to learn. Those lessons include:
How to apply for work when Millennials are doing the hiring or contracting out.
How not to "act old."
Where to look for work.
Whether it is necessary to become self-employed.
The lesson which paid off big time for me was recognizing that the New York Metro area was youth-centric in terms of communications. Applying for work in-person was only generating turn-downs. The pivot was to relocate to a region which is less age-conscious. The extra dividend has been the lower cost of living. I am now in the Southwest.
As Baby Boomers continue to get older - none of us is getting younger - there will be additional lessons to learn. This new game of never retiring is a work-in-progress.