When did sixty-five become the official age of retirement?

aged man working in an industrial factory

The Committee on Economic Security, which launched the American Social Security system in 1935, selected sixty-five as the retirement age. But these days, for some people, that is just a number. According to an article in The Guardian, a British daily newspaper founded in 1821, it’s not unusual to find people in their seventies, eighties, and nineties who are still be working.
For example:

Jean Miller, ninety-two, is cloakroom attendant at the Vidal Sassoon hair salon in Glasgow, Scotland. She drives the twenty-five miles from her home to get to work.

Tom Swan is seventy-nine and runs Swan’s Sweet Shop in the UK. He has worked there for sixty years, and lives just a few minutes away with his wife, Mary.

Evdokia “Ducia” Stafford, ninety, has run the Beehive Inn for sixty years. Originally from the Donbass region in Ukraine, she lost her British husband fourteen years ago. She lives alone at the pub, has no staff, and opens every evening.

These are just a few of the remarkable people profiled in The Guardian article. Read more and see what is possible after sixty-five.