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Me, Retire?

Settling into a life of leisure is becoming the exception
Cohen, 75, was hired in May by the Steamship Authority in Martha’s Vineyard

Henry Blum has retired four times. After running an optometry business in the Bronx, N.Y., for decades, he stopped working in 2000 when he turned 70, thinking that was what he was supposed to do at his age. His wife threw a surprise party, but amid toasts from friends and family, he already was anxious he’d made a mistake.

Within weeks, regret and boredom set in as Blum found himself pacing around his apartment all day. He called the new owner of his former practice and was welcomed back because customers had been asking to see him. He repeated

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