Third age docsBMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7066.1212 (Published 09 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1212
- Tony Smith
The third age — that portion of the lifespan between retirement and death — is growing progressively longer as more people retire early and people live longer. Someone who retires at 60 may expect to live well into his or her 80s, and with luck during their last 20 to 30 years those with good pensions will have more money and fewer responsibilities than at any earlier time.
As an interested spectator of retirement strategies it seems to me that doctors tend to choose one of two contrasting approaches. Some give up their …