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Health Of Americans Who Must Work Longer To Reach Social Security Retirement Age

To receive full Social Security benefits, Americans born after 1937 must claim those benefits at an older age than earlier birth cohorts. Additionally, proposals to improve the fiscal position of Social Security typically include increasing the age at which workers can receive full benefits. Birth cohorts required to work longer are in worse health at ages 49ñ60, based on multiple measures of morbidity, than cohorts who could retire earlier.