Ireland’s over-50 entrepreneurs: ‘My bones tell me I’m 65, but my brain tells me I’m 25’

With life expectancy growing, many of us will live for decades after our retirement, These over-50s entrepreneurs decided to start new careers later in life

Grainne Byrne: “Friends advised me to take a few jobs off my CV and my LinkedIn to make myself look younger”

Grainne Byrne: “Friends advised me to take a few jobs off my CV and my LinkedIn to make myself look younger”

Every day that passes we add six hours on to our average life expectancy. A baby born in the developed world today could conceivably live to be 142 years old; most babies born since the year 2000 will see their 100th birthday.

But society’s expectations haven’t kept pace with these changing demographics. Retirement at 65 made sense when we didn’t expect to live beyond 70. With average life expectancy predicted to be 90 by 2050, some of us can expect to spend 25 years in what’s known as our “third act”.

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