The boomer generation is redefining retirement

What Does Retirement Look Like to You?

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You have to admit that you aren't getting any younger. But with 78 million of us still employed, you are forcing companies to reinvent what it means to be "old" and still working. Many of you don't have to think about retirement for another five to ten years, and others are contemplating that transition now. To avoid the confusion and maybe frustration, it's wise to think about what you really want to be experiencing in your job and after to make "retirement" an easier transition.

If you have some time to think about this, the ideal job for baby boomers would include flexible hours, so you have the availability to care for your aging parents and growing children. It may mean working fewer hours with an option of working from home, communicating by phone or via the computer.

For those of you considering something new, another ideal job would be venturing into entrepreneurship, becoming your own boss, by doing what you truly love. This may involve going back to school for additional training or education to be sure you are up-to-date.

According to Marc Freedman, author of Prime Time, baby boomers are causing society to reassess what retirement truly means. No longer are you expected to play golf all day long, but you are exploring a mix of working and relaxing and perhaps dabbling into new ventures.

Sometime between the ages of 50 and 70, you will be considering retirement. Every seven seconds, someone in America is turning 60 and searching for something more than leisurely staying at home. They are looking to reinvent themselves as they transition into this new phase of their lives.

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thousands of dollars on the table
by taking Social Security
at the wrong time? Find out.

Consider what you want. Consider what it would take to do it. You have a lot of clout and ability to redefine work to fit your needs. You are more active and healthier and you probably want to ease into retirement slowly, instead of making a clean break. This process can be started now if you think about it. Develop your ideas and implement your career transition plan by researching your options. Then create the ideal job that reflects the perfect balance you are looking for.

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