At one time, 65 was the retirement age. But given the advances in health care, workplace demands, and the economy, this is no longer true. Many of us continue to work into our 70’s as our life spans have increased into our 80’s.
We Boomers at the “retirement age” are still vital, healthy, curious, lively, sexy and smart. So we need to consider this stage as “retiring to” not j “retiring from.” Parenting and grand-parenting, golfing and book-clubbing, volunteering and exercising, visiting and traveling—all good, but then what? As Peggy Lee once asked: “Is that all there is?” (If you don’t know who Peggy Lee was, you’re probably not a Baby Boomer!)
So don’t just retire—retool:
- Do you dare to respond to your entrepreneurial spirit and start a new business?
- Do you consider working part/time to “get out of the house?”
- Do you take on a greater role in your community?
- Do you start that hobby you always wanted to try?
Be bold. Be practical. Take Cora Carson, for instance. Three times a week, she attends a co-ed “Sweet 60” exercise class at her local “Y.” She realized that after class, there was no time or place to socialize. So Cora got permission to set up a “60’s Coffee-and-Company Corner” in the “Y” where the class members could socialize. Within a year, the Corner became such a popular meeting place that it evolved into a profit-making business with a series of similar “Corners” for different adult age groups at the “Y.”
What are some of the unique Baby Boomer opportunities that you’ve heard of? Share these success stories with us! Make a comment below to share your story.