53. I was made redundant into early retirement. I tried to get back to work, but nobody was interested in employeeing me, I had an occupational pension, that was part of the redundancy package, and DH was still working, so we managed.
In the end I worked as a volunteer with Age Concern (as was) and I did work for them as a paid employee for 6 months to cover my manager's maternity leave.
I was quite glad I left work when I did, little as I wanted to go, because in the years between my leave date and getting my state pension at 60, all the generation above me - parents and 2 pairs of childless aunts and uncles all began to need help and I was glad I had the time to look after them, rather than juggling work and care, which so many people end up doing.