Life begins at 40, it has been said and a research is putting a clearer picture to why full time career life of an individual should also begin at 40. 

You must have heard or read that in coming years, people will live up to 150 years.

What will an individual who retires at 65 be doing till 130 years? This research highlighted the need for the world to change the way it looks at the work-life of an individual to tally with the amount of years an individual could live and for the individual to enjoy life to the fullest still active.  

Imagine the struggles that parents go though trying to manage full-time career and at the same time take care of their children and aging parents. 

The burden this places on the individual's health, finance and even spiritual life is huge and psychologist Laura Carstensen, founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, believes there should be an adjustment. 

Carstensen believes life has been arranged wrongly, but there is a way to get the weight lives' stages place on the shoulders of an individual.

A woman who is 40 years old today can expect to live another 45 years, on average, while 5% will live to see their 100th birthday. The average 40-year-old man will live another 42 to be 82 years, the World Economic Forum wrote.

At the moment, retirement has been set at 65 and if a man will live till 85, what will he be doing? 

He has to begin to learn a new routine different from what he was used to and that may become boring and cause depression for him resulting in the weakness of his body system and then could result in death. 

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The research says that for many people, most of those years after retirement will be healthy enough to continue work that doesn’t involve intense physical labour.

Carstensen argued that rather than a four-decade professional sprint that ends abruptly at 65, we should be planning for marathon careers that last longer but have more breaks along the way for learning, family needs, and obligations outside the workplace.

“We need a new model,” Carstensen says of the current norms around career pacing.

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Explaining the circumstances around the early career pattern, Carstensen said the current one “doesn’t work, because it fails to recognise all the other demands on our time. People are working full-time at the same time they’re raising children.

"You never get a break. You never get to step out. You never get to refresh.

"We go at this unsustainable pace, and then pull the plug".

Instead, Carstensen says, a life’s work should be redistributed across the longer time frame many people can reasonably expect.

"Education and apprenticeships could stretch longer, she says, through the years when many people are starting their families and have young children at home.

"Full-time ideally would begin around the age of 40, rather than in our early 20s. Careers would be longer, with a gradual transition to part-time work in the later years before full retirement around age 80," the Longevity expert said. 

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