The number of women working past age 65 has grown significantly since the late 1970s, and older women are expected to account for one of the most rapidly growing shares of the workforce in the next few years. The economy may be part of the reason, but some women, after facing roadblocks earlier in their careers, just don't want to quit. "They've reached the peak of their careers and don't want to stop, even if their husbands have retired," said Elizabeth Fideler, a research fellow at Boston College's Sloan Center on Aging & Work.

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