October 27, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Many baby boomers say that they're likely to stay put in retirement amid a shaky economy. Those who hope to buy a new place are looking for a smaller home somewhere with a better climate that's more affordable and close to family, a new poll finds. The 77 million-strong generation born between 1946 and 1964 is increasingly worried about retirement and their finances in light of the economic crisis of the past three years. Just 9 percent said that they are strongly convinced they'll be able to live comfortably when they retire, according to the Associated Press-LifeGoesStrong.com poll.
July 31, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The "golden years" may lose some luster for many baby boomers worried about the financial pressures that come with age. Many of the nation's 77 million boomers are worried about being able to pay their medical bills as they get older, a new poll finds. The concern is so deep that it outpaces worries about facing a major illness or disease, dying, or losing the ability to do favorite activities. Another major concern among the boomers: losing their financial independence.
July 14, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Baby boomers say wrinkles aren't so bad and they're not that worried about dying. Just don't call them old. The generation that once powered a youth movement isn't ready to symbolize the aging of America, even as its first members are becoming eligible for Medicare. A new poll finds three-quarters of all baby boomers still consider themselves middle-aged or younger. That includes most of the boomers who are ages 57 to 65. Younger adults call 60 the start of old age, but baby boomers are pushing that number back, according to the Associated Press-LifeGoesStrong.com poll.
July 10, 2011 |
You were expecting maybe Lawrence Welk? This month, AARP launched a streaming Internet radio service on its website that's designed to help the organization's gray and graying membership stay clued in about what's happening in popular music. And the surprising thing about the 18-channel service, which is free for members and nonmembers at www.AARP.org , is that it's by no means merely a stodgy service meant to soothe senior citizens as they ease their way into a Sinatrian senescence.
June 22, 2011 |
Dusk was settling in as five women began their ramble down a country road and around a small lake. The walk was initially silent and contemplative, yet still remarkably companionable. After some stretching and deep breathing, the women made their way to life coach Patricia Osborne's Medford house, nestled in the woods. There was a pause for wine and cheese, and then the gathering's most important element - conversation. The women, part of a group that labels itself "Boomer Chicks," were ending a series of monthly gatherings that had begun in January to explore more of what it means to be part of that vast bulge in the population born between 1946 and 1963.
June 1, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Baby boomers are swelling the ranks of online dating sites, and John Valentino is a happy veteran. At 57, after a decade of pushing profiles and awkward meet-ups with strangers, he's married to 54-year-old year Debbie, a former Marine he met online two years ago. "I had plenty of lemons before lemonade, believe me," said Valentino, a furniture salesman in Long Branch, N.J. One prospect said he was too old. Another went out...
May 15, 2011 |
It hasn't been the best of times for Americans on the verge of retirement. The economy has not been kind. In 2008 and 2009, for example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that one-quarter of people in the 45 to 54 age bracket filed for unemployment benefits. If you are out of work, struggling to make ends meet, it's tough to save the zillion dollars that financial planners contend retirees will need to live comfortably. The housing market has been even less kind, both to retirees and builders of the homes they have long expected aging boomers to buy. Here's the problem.
May 15, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Baby boomers facing retirement are worried about their finances, and many believe that they will need to work longer than planned or will never be able to retire, according to a poll released last month. The 76 million-strong generation born between 1946 and 1964 has clung tenaciously to its youth. Now, boomers are getting nervous about retirement. Only 11 percent of those polled said they were strongly convinced that they would be able to live in comfort. Fifty-five percent said they were somewhat or very certain that they could retire with financial security.
April 27, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Feel like the office geezer? Age may be an asset at work, or no issue at all, according to an AP-LifeGoesStrong.com poll. Nearly half of those born between 1946 and 1964 now work for a younger boss, and most report that they are older than most colleagues. But 61 percent of the baby boomers surveyed said that their age is not an issue at work, while 25 percent called it an asset. Only 14 percent classified getting older as a workplace liability. In fact, most of those who have reached age 50 noted that co-workers seek their counsel more now than when they were younger.
March 2, 2011 |
OK, boomers: How do you know you've become your parents? When you look at the lengthy lineup of music specials that PBS (and, locally, WHYY-TV12) is tossing out as lures for its March Madness fundraising campaign, and most of 'em make you smile and say, "Wow, they're finally on my wavelength. " As a rule, PBS skews older in demographic appeal than the average TV network, getting the bulk of its fundraising bucks from folks in the 50-plus and even 60-plus demographics. That's why you used to see so many fund-drive specials built around doo-wop acts of the '50s and '60s, or those bubbly Champagne Music Makers of "The Lawrence Welk Show.