The History of Retirement Full Size Version Share | Have A Question About This Topic? Name Email Address Message Thank you! Oops! Related Content 18 Years Worth of Days The average retirement lasts for 18 years. Are you prepared to fill that many days? Traditional vs. Roth IRA One or the other? Perhaps both traditional and Roth IRAs can play a part in your retirement plans. Retirement Plan Distributions There are a number of ways to withdraw money from a qualified retirement plan.