Free at last? How retirement looks around the world

By VnExpress   June 30, 2017 | 08:14 am GMT+7

Some old folks get stuck in nursing homes, others decide that they only live once, but many cannot afford to take a break just yet.

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A 74-year-old man uses a magnifying glass to read a book near Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi. Photo by Reuters/Kham

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A cigarette seller waits for customers by Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi. Photo by Reuters/Kham

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People eat lunch at a nursing home in Hanoi. Photo by Reuters/Kham

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Pensioners attend a meeting to discuss pension improvements in San Martin Square in downtown Lima, Peru. Photo by Reuters/Mariana Bazo

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A barber talks with a customer at his shop southern Lebanon. Photo by Reuters/Aziz Taher

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An elderly man pushes his wheelchair in a park in Vienna, Austria. Photo by Reuters/Leonhard Foeger

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An elderly woman sells balloons in a park in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Photo by Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov

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A man watches his friends play chess in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Photo by Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov

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An eldery man makes envelops at Gamini Matha Elders Home in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photo by Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte

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An eldery man bathes himself in the morning at Gamini Matha Elders Home in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photo by Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte

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A man walks behind a boy in a park in Brussels, Belgium. Photo by Reuters/Eric Vidal

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Pensioners sit in wheelchairs at a residential home for the elderly in Marseille, France. Photo by Reuters/Jean-Paul Pelissier

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An elderly woman does aerobics on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by Reuters/Chaiwat Subprasom

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Seniors learn how to use computers at a center in Brussels, Belgium. Photo by Reuters/Eric Vidal

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A man uses a mobile device in Brussels, Belgium June 26, 2017. Photo by Reuters/Eric Vidal

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Finger-painting at a social center in Brussels, Belgium. Photo by Reuters/Eric Vidal

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A woman sits with her goats in Sviyazhsk, Russia. Photo by Reuters/Darren Staples