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Boomer Retirement, Part 2: What Will We Do?

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We will open day care centers; we’ll bake and sell cookies to local restaurants or delis; we’ll set up kiosks in a bank or an office plaza to sell cookies or Christmas ornaments. We’ll start landscape businesses; turn our back yards into nurseries, grow and sell flowers; we’ll make and sell crafts. We’ll write poetry and novels and plays and songs; we’ll start catering, home decorating and publishing businesses. And we’ll do it all on our own — outside of the traditional corporate structure. Why? Because we can, that’s why.


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In the first essay in this series, I set the record straight on when boomers will reach retirement age, and presented my view that boomer retirement, whenever it comes, will not be marked by a huge exodus from the workplace. I posed this question: "Besides, if we all did retire tomorrow, what the heck would we do?"

In this essay, I’ll address that.

There is one caveat, though. I have always believed that you cannot say that the boomers do..... this, or the boomers are like.... that. We are 76 million Americans, and we have a great deal in common. But we are not all alike. So any generalization must be tempered.

Sure, I am certain that many boomers will retire to an easy-chair and watch the world go by from the front porch. Many will let their weight increase and their health decrease until they become a huge burden on themselves, their families, and on society. They will be unhappy and will die early. But they will be in the minority, I believe.

After we posted our first essay on boomer retirement, many boomers wrote to us indicating that they have no intention of retiring when they turn 65. (And I remind you that the youngest boomers will not reach age 65 until 2029. So regardless, we have a long way to go.) Not a one told us that they would leave the workforce permanently when they reach retirement age.

Nonetheless, the doomsday members of the press have reported that all sorts of economic and social catastrophes will occur as the boomers reach that magic age.

Balderdash!

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