Not Retired, Yet
October 17 was the Double Ninth Festival (also known as Elders' Day). China has a large aging population. Some people think a person's ability to work decreases after he/she retires, and those people generally believe retired people should not return to work. Other people, though, believe elderly people have rich work experiences, and they are able to continue doing their jobs well despite having reached retirement age. Yet, China lacks regulations to encourage elderly people to return to work and/or start a business.
Some people may feel lost after they retire. Working helps many elderly people feel relevant, self-worth and that they are still needed in society, and that is good for their physical and mental health. It has been suggested that China should pay attention to elderly people's willingness to participate in social and economic development, and that China should implement a motivation system for elderly people who have such willingness.