I visited with friends who moved from the Northeast to Colorado a few years ago. During my time at their new home in the Rockies, I met a cadre of their friends, most of whom were retired from careers of many years. But, unlike retirees of past generations, these 60-somethings are leading very active, vibrant lives after ending their dedication to primary careers.
Some have launched new careers and reinvented themselves in totally different areas of the marketplace; some are finishing degrees they never completed; while others are traveling far and wide to offer disaster relief through their churches; or leading the charge locally on pressing community issues.
Most are transplants to Colorado from other areas of the country, abandoning the trend of settling into Arizona or Florida retirement communities in favor of a more active lifestyle and community engagement.
These baby boomer retirees are today’s social pioneers who are redefining retirement. Their increased life expectancy is allowing them to not only dream about a bucket list, but systematically check off the list as well.
The life and work choices boomers are making in the second half of their lives are based increasingly on a significant desire for meaning and purpose. While the direction their desire for meaning takes them is as varied as the individual’s interests and values, boomers are clearly expanding the notion of what’s possible in retirement. With their pursuit of giving back and contributing to the greater good, today’s retirement outlook is a far cry from past generations.
What path will you take for your retirement?