I posted something on this a month or so ago and got a lot of helpful advice; thought I'd update:
I'd planned to work another couple of years, until I turn 65, but I'm a newspaper columnist, and you've read what's happening to that business. The company offered buyouts to "pioneer employees" (translation: People at the top of the pay scale)--two weeks' pay and full benefits for every year of service. In my case it came to about 14 months of pay for two weeks' work, or stay two more years for two years' pay, but with no guarantee my job wouldn't change or that I'd get anything at all if there are further layoffs (almost certain, IMO).
I agonized over it for a couple of weeks (I really did like the job), but finally decided it made no sense not to take it. Cleaned out my desk last week, had the going-away party Friday and in 14 hours, at 8 a.m. Monday, I will not be at my desk for the first time (not counting vacations) since 1978.
A spell of 75-degree weather would be nice, but it think we're going to miss it by about 40 degrees....