Raging Lion :- Many do find ways to contribute. But clearly, we do not value retirees as the treasure they are. Why else are they steered into menial, mindless jobs that require little of them, as if they are incapable of anything more complicated?You don't have to become part of a wasted generation. They key is to preplan, at least by midlife, to know what you want to do with the rest of your life after you leave your present work. Even those who have done manual labor all their lives and are understandably ready to call it quits, can, and should preplan for a new life after retirement.