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...]

Baby Boomers Embrace Growing Older Gracefully

Retirement travel leads to Singapore orchidsBiology dictated the earlier years of your life. Remember how our generation was going to do things differently. We set off with good intentions in the 1960’s. Our world was going to be unlike our parents. Yet, in many ways, we became our parents. What we didn’t realize was biology largely dictates the adult years. The need to bond, make and support families, and build a home are buried deep inside our psyche. Yes, your mind can override biology, but the urge remains very strong within us. [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...]

Where are Baby Boomers in Overseas Travel?

Since the early 1990’s my husband and I have travelled the world. We’re surprised at how few fellow Americans we encounter. When we do see American travelers, they tend to be either in their twenties or older than 70. With 77 million baby boomers at the beginning of their retirements, why don’t we see them traveling abroad?

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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...]

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...]

Leaving the Corporate World to Work in Nonprofits

Women-in-TechAs baby boomers reach retirement age, many are going to want and need to continue working. Some are interested in leaving the corporate world to make a difference by working in nonprofits.

Our guest on Talk Radio Show, Jerri Barrett left a successful job in a tech company to become the vice president of marketing for the nonprofit Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. I know she is going to share some valuable information about working in nonprofits. [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...]