October 11, 2023 08:27
A growing number of senior citizens in Korea are postponing retirement and marrying again in what would have been the twilight years of a previous generation. Most prefer to live independently apart from their children.
According to Statistics Korea, 36.2 percent of Koreans over 65 were employed last year, up 1.3 percentage points from the year before. Korea is the only OECD member country where the employment rate of senior citizens surpasses 30 percent.
Elderly people who are employed feel healthy and are less stressed about aging than their unemployed peers. Some 37.5 percent of employed senior citizens say they feel in good health compared to only 21.9 percent of unemployed elderly people.
A growing number of seniors are even finding romance and getting married again. As of last year, 3,290 elderly men remarried and 2,018 elderly women. "There was an increase in elderly couples divorcing, and remarriages among that age group are also rising steadily," a Statistics Korea official said.
Some 75.7 percent of senior citizens say they do not wish to live with their children later in their lives, rising to 81.9 percent if they are employed. Even among employed people over 75, 80.7 percent said they do not wish to live with their children.
However, 53.4 percent of employed senior citizens say their income is not enough. The official said, "The task we face is to offer quality jobs to senior citizens to provide them with enough income to live independently."
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