Should retirement be compulsory at 65 years of age?

Over the years, there has been a heated debate on the appropriate retirement age. In most countries, especially in Europe, the retirement age is set to be 65 years. Although this has been faced with a lot of debate, the question, therefore, is would 65 years be an appropriate age for people to retire? This research will, therefore, discuss why 65 years should be made as a compulsory age for retirement.

As people advance in age, they are faced with a rapid mental degeneration. As a result, the levels of energy that a body can sustain in order for one to remain energetic, as well as active in their job dwindles. Therefore, at 65 years, being active at work becomes a challenge, as it inhibits effectiveness at work (Kavanagh, 2012). Additionally, the productivity of one becomes low, thus, justifying the proposition.

Compulsory retirement at the age of 65 years is a brilliant step to be taken. This is because it creates new opportunities for the vibrant youths who where once unemployed. It is through this that the youth will have to garner great and additional expertise, once these vacancies are created (Fernando, 2013).

According to Fernando (2013), at the age of over 65 years, being technologically flexible becomes a challenge. Compared to the youth, the older people will find it difficult to adjust to the dynamic technological forces within an organization. It is good enough for them to retire so that the youth can be allowed to contribute and boost productivity, while embracing the technological advancements.

Compulsory retirement at the age of 65 years is a worthwhile idea. This gives the retirees a time to rest and also for leisure. I am, therefore, in support that retirement should be made compulsory at the age of 65years.

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