Thursday, January 17, 2019

RETIREMENT IS WONDERFUL FOR AGING BABY BOOMERS IF ...

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BLOG #68
RETIREMENT IS WONDERFUL FOR AGING BABY BOOMERS IF ...

Baby Boomers who thrive in post-retirement believe it is never too late to pursue aspirations and achieve meaningful (to us) goals.

Thriving retirees occupy work-free time with causes, interests, and passions. For example, we volunteer for charities, get involved in civic associations, paint gorgeous landscapes, or write steamy novels. Some of us take classes, acquire new skills, and start encore careers.

Alternatively, many retirees fulfill long-standing travel wish lists. Work-free time is spent planning, packing, and then journeying to myriad destinations.

Affluent boomers take luxurious trips, while those with limited funds find budget-friendly places of interest. Road warriors drive far-and-wide in RVs. Adventure seekers explore distant, unfamiliar locations; less adventurous retirees prefer revisiting favorite spots.

NOTE
Cruises are popular among Baby Boomers and attract couples as well as singles. By the way, singles are not the only solo travelers. Quite a few marrieds travel alone because spouses choose to stay home. Bon Voyage!

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Retirement Is Difficult If ...

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

CAREER STATUS INFLUENCES WHEN AGING BABY BOOMERS RETIRE

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BLOG #67
CAREER STATUS INFLUENCES WHEN AGING BABY BOOMERS RETIRE

Regardless of occupation, Baby Boomers report that career status influences retirement decisions. In this case, status is identified as either the 'sweet spot' or the 'sour spot.'

The 'sweet spot' is the rewarding stage of employment when we have mastered the ins-and-outs of our jobs, are respected by colleagues, no longer have to prove ourselves, and just glide. Generally, gliding boomers tend to delay retirement.

In contrast, the 'sour spot' is the dreadful stage of employment when we are worn-out from the stress, aggravation, and/or boredom of daily workdays, and just burnout. Generally, burnt-out boomers feel an urgency to retire.

NOTE
Burnt-out Baby Boomers who still need to, or want to, continue working use creativity and determination to find new employment opportunities. It often entails switching gears and trying something different, an encore career. 
Many boomers have gone through this challenging but worthwhile endeavor, and have succeeded. Yay us!

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Boomers Thrive In Post-Retirement ...

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME FOR AGING BABY BOOMERS TO RETIRE?

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BLOG #66
WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME FOR AGING BABY BOOMERS TO RETIRE?

Retirement is a huge life-changing milestone for Baby Boomers. How do boomers know when the time is right to retire?

For many, the right time is determined by money, money, and money. Do we have sound financial resources - sufficient pensions, investments, and/or savings - to support a comfortable post-retirement lifestyle?

For some, the right time is determined by well-defined plans for post-retirement. Do we have compelling interests, exciting passions, and/or ardent causes that will keep us engaged and focused?

Although experts agree that boomers should have post-retirement plans firmly in place before retiring, unsurprisingly, quite a few of us scoff at experts' advice and prefer to 'wing it.'

NOTE
Sometimes, the timing is wrong, but circumstances compel Baby Boomers to retire. 
For example, personal medical issues prevent us from effectively carrying out work responsibilities.
Or, family members' medical issues require us to devote increasingly more time to care for them and less time to be available to do our jobs.

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Career Status Influences Boomers' Retirement Decisions ...

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

SHOULD AGING BABY BOOMERS RETIRE?

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BLOG #65
SHOULD AGING BABY BOOMERS RETIRE?

By and large, Baby Boomers have shattered the conventional tradition that retirement at 65 is automatic. In fact, a sizable segment of our generation has no intention of ever retiring. Well, maybe ... someday.

Research indicates that boomers should delay retirement as long as possible. Why? Working promotes health. Seriously. Of course, it helps if we like our jobs and co-workers, or at least don't dislike it, or them.

Studies cite these work-related benefits:
~ Employment enhances brain stimulation. When boomers are engaged in work, our brains are forced to be focused and sharp in order to follow instructions, make decisions, complete assigned tasks, and meet deadlines.

~ Employment facilitates social interactions. Workplaces provide opportunities to interact with others, in person. Social connections are a bulwark against isolation and loneliness.

~ Employment structures time. Boomers have someplace to go and something to do. Each workday begins with a purpose and each day ends with a sense of accomplishment. Ideally.

Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera ...

NOTE
Despite health benefits, finances influence retirement decisions for most Baby Boomers. Needless to say, financially well-off boomers choose whether to work or retire; all others have to work.

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Retirement Questions For Boomers ...

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

AGING BABY BOOMER GRANDPARENTS SET LIMITS

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BLOG #64
AGING BABY BOOMER GRANDPARENTS SET LIMITS

Baby Boomers adore spending time with grandchildren and forming close bonds with them. We 'do our best' to help with babysitting and overall childcare. 

As years pass, aging, health issues, employment status, and assorted commitments increasingly redefine 'our best' and limit our babysitting capability and availability. Our children usually understand. Not always.

Apparently, problems arise for boomers when there are large gaps between the births of first and last grandchildren. Specifically, if our eldest child had children when we were younger, healthier, with more energy and stamina, it was relatively effortless for us to frequently babysit. And, we did.

But, if many years elapse before our youngest child becomes a parent, this child expects us to do as much babysitting for the new babies as we did for our first grandchildren.

In worst-case scenarios, boomer grandparents are accused of showing favoritism to our first grandchildren and neglecting newcomers. Is it insensitive, selfish, or plain ridiculous (perhaps, all three) for our youngest child to not notice that since our first grandchildren arrived we have gotten significantly older, acquired some health issues, and have less energy and stamina?

Solution: Rather than getting defensive, affirm that aging may have decreased our babysitting availability but not our love and affection.

NOTE
Even healthy and fit Baby Boomers admit to passing out from exhaustion after extended babysitting stints with young grandchildren.
This is one of the countless reasons why special kudos go to boomer grandparents who, due to various circumstances, take on the demanding task of becoming full-time guardians to grandchildren. Standing Ovation!

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Should Boomers Retire ...

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

AGING BABY BOOMER GRANDPARENTS MAKE PLANS

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BLOG #63
AGING BABY BOOMER GRANDPARENTS MAKE PLANS

Conscientious Baby Boomers gather ideas and make plans for the future, while the rest of us sporadically think about it.

Boomers with grandchildren often include them in whatever ideas, plans, and thoughts we have. Most grandparents would love to reside near enough to be present in grandchildren's lives. 

That's a wonderful goal ... but has potential complications. 

Complication #1: What happens when our adult children and grandchildren relocate to a different city or state (or country)? Do we follow them? If boomers uproot our lives and settle in a new location, what do we do if children and grandchildren move again?

Complication #2: What happens to married boomers if one spouse wants to relocate with grandchildren and the other refuses to move?

Complication #3: What happens if one child and her children relocate to one region of the state or country and another child and his children relocate to a different region? Where do we go?

NOTE
Rather than following our children's geographical choices, some Baby Boomer grandparents decide to reside wherever we choose and take frequent visits to each child and grandchild's home.
When grandchildren get older, they are invited to our homes for blissfully long visits.

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Boomer Grandparents Are Not Babysitters ...

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

AGING BABY BOOMERS AS GRANDPARENTS

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BLOG #62
AGING BABY BOOMERS AS GRANDPARENTS

According to an overwhelming majority of Baby Boomers, becoming grandparents is one of the most treasured gifts we receive for getting older. We love, love, love this role.

What boomers do not love (barely tolerate) is being told by our grandbabies' parents - adult children and their partners - that we must obey a list of rules in order to take care of (or in extreme instances be in the presence of) the little ones.

Overall, the rules consist of enlightened diapering, sleeping, and feeding instructions for infants and toddlers as well as approved and forbidden snacks and entertainment for older children. 
Blah, blah, blah ...

If boomers mention the infinite times we diapered, put to bed, fed, and entertained those now setting the rules or suggest beneficial childcare techniques we long ago used on the parents, the mocking begins with versions of 'nobody does that anymore.' It continues with a series of eye-rolls and smirks that culminate with stern admonishments to abandon all old-fashioned, obsolete, outdated, archaic (pick one) techniques.

Generally, boomers forgive the absurdity. Why? Grandchildren are worth it! Plus, let's be honest. Back when boomers were new parents we were probably obnoxious, too. Yup.

NOTE
The top priority for Baby Boomer grandparents is to take excellent care of our grandchildren. But, boomers were never good at listening to lectures and following orders. So, we lovingly tune out and occasionally break ridiculous rules. Shhhhh. It's a secret. Don't tell.

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Boomer Grandparents Rearrange Future Plans ...

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