Malawi trade unions are up in arms over proposals that workers should be paid their pension when women reach 55 and men 60.
According to the UN, life expectancy for women in Malawi is 54 and 52 for men.
On the BBC's day of programming on Affording Old Age we visited a 79 year old retired Kenyan magistrate George Gogwe.
The BBC's Jamhuri Mwavyombo tracked him down in Mombasa.
Is this story from Kenya a familiar one across the continent?
The BBC's Paul Bakibinga spoke to Isabella Aboderin, a senior research fellow at the Oxford Institute of Ageing. She is also co-ordinator of the African Research on Ageing Network (AFRAN).