Next Avenue: The big problem with dreaming about retirement

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For all the talk about Americans not saving enough for retirement, it turns out that when people are asked how they perceive life after careers, they’re remarkably upbeat, according to a recent MIT AgeLab survey. And that, actually, could be a problem.

For the survey, MIT AgeLab’s Joseph F. Coughlin and Chaiwoo Lee asked 900 adults to write a few words describing their life after career and to provide two images — one showing life today and another representing life after career. (The researchers specifically didn’t use the loaded word “retirement” because they wanted to avoid possible bias of respondents due to media or marketing suggesting retirement as a time of leisure and freedom.

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