Starting a Business in Retirement

With the expanded lifespan and limited financial resources, many aging baby boomers are starting a retirement business. While not for everyone, having your own business can provide a nice outlet as you get older. Depending on how much money is invested and how much is needed to supplement existing income, a part time retirement business can be a wonderful way to stay active. [Read more...]

Retirement Volunteer with Spirituality

One of the best books about the role of elder in society is From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Ronald S. Miller. They write that elders are the ‘wisdom keepers’ maintaining society’s well-being and safeguard the health of the planet and all the inhabit it. It is the responsibility of elders to transmit a legacy to future generations. One of the ways to do this is to share their life experiences with others. [Read more...]

Living Arrangements for Older Singles

You’ve heard the saying that nothing is certain in this world except death and taxes. While that may be true, if you’re a woman, chances are good you’re going to spend some of your older years as a single.

One thing nice about aging baby boomers is even if you’re single, that doesn’t mean you have to be alone. [Read more...]

Volunteer Activities to Help the Environment

Prior to the Second World War, few people considered the necessity to conserve, protect and restore the natural resources of land, air and water. For baby boomers who grew up in a time of expanded environmental awareness, working on environmental issues is a worthy retirement goal. [Read more...]

How One Can Make a Difference With Projects

Recently, I was talking to a woman who commented she was reluctant to volunteer because she didn’t want to over commit. While retirement-age baby boomers volunteer in great numbers, many people are afraid to commit for fear of getting involved in something they can’t get out of or having too much to do. [Read more...]

How Aging Baby Boomers View the Aged

I’ve heard it said, mostly by men I know that if they became infirmed, they “blow their brains out.” Therefore, I was especially intrigued when reading Gerotranscendence: A Developmental Theory of Positive Aging by Lars Tornstam and came upon the following statement, “White, western, middle-class, middle-life society has, since the Reformation, been characterized by an overwhelmingly strong performance orientation. Productivity, effectiveness and independence are prestige words.” [Read more...]

Retirement Activity Guides: Public Safety

Baby Boomers grew up playing cops and robbers. If you liked being the good guy, helping others in distress, or being involved in public safety there are many activities to get involved in retirement. People who enjoy the Public Safety sub-category often have a strong sense of justice, enjoy the structure of the military environment or helping others in need. [Read more...]

Benefits of Lifelong Learning for Aging Boomers

Baby boomers are the most educated group to have ever lived. We arrived in a post World War II era of growth that supported a great education for everyone. For the first time, children weren’t required to leave school to help support the family.

Learning as been part of the boomer experience into adulthood and now in seniorhood. Many people over 50 are returning to school to update skills for better employment.

Lifelong learning encompasses much more than getting a better job. [Read more...]

Retirement Activity Guides: In Transportation

Baby boomers came of age during a transportation revolution. During the course of the twentieth century, human beings conquered flight and space, paid homage to the combustion engine, and saw an explosion of vehicles as playthings, as well as a way to transport people and things from one location to another.

Think about the baby boomer fascination with modes of transportation. If you’re like me, you either engage or have friends that have a passion with cars of all types, planes (building and flying), bicycles, motorcycles, boats, recreation vehicles (the big ones), as well as all the toys with engines that have been developed over the last generation to travel over all types of terrain and in all kinds of water. [Read more...]

High Divorce Rate For Retirement-Age Boomers

Yesterday I wrote about the difficulty retirement can bring to a relationship. Well today, I read an article with some interesting statistics. It seems that retirement-age baby boomers are divorcing at a rate twice that of their counterparts in 1990.

Surprisingly enough, researchers haven’t studied this area assuming that being single in elderhood was the result of death, not divorce. According to the recent research, less than 10% of divorces involved someone over 50 in 1990. Now, as many as one fourth of divorces involve someone older.

Baby boomers may have different expectations about marriage than those either before or after them. [Read more...]