Calling on “baby boomers”

Are you retiring soon or thinking of retiring? Or are you just reflecting on what lies ahead of you? I am really interested to hear from you about what your major concerns are as you look towards retirement and the inevitability of getting older.

I am considering developing some workshops for people in this age group ie 50+. If you have gone through, or are going through the phase of elderly or unwell parents, it can become an overwhelming and depressing time. Have you ever thought “Is this all I have to look forward to?”

I want to find out what are the important factors in ageing well. I expect that good health and financial security are a good start. But what does “financial security” really mean? Some people can live on around $15,000 per year whereas some others couldn’t do it on less than $70,000 per year.

How do we plan for our retirement when we don’t know how long that will be for? So many times I hear people say “If only I knew how long my money had to last!”

And then  the problem of “who am I if I am not working” now that I cannot define myself by my job. This can be a real-time of identity crisis. What can be done to aid people (us) through this period in a more positive way?

I am meeting with another woman in about a week’s time to discuss these ideas (she has just undertaken some work for the local council to identify what seniors want in their community). I figure that if these questions are important to me, then it’s fair to assume they may ring true for other baby boomers as well. I would greatly value

the times are changing

your opinion please.

Please feel free to just send me one or two points that you think are important. Alternatively you can disagree with the idea that anything needs to be done.

Thanks, in anticipation

Lorraine