By Samuel Greengard
Boomers reinvented society. Now they're reinventing themselves, and AARP desires to facilitate that process.
AARP Crash path to find the paintings You Love explores either the motivations and the tools of these enjoying the social phenomenon referred to as recareering. whether or not they are the right age to have earned their AARP card or no longer, a brand new new release of yankee staff is not any longer counting the times till retirement; as a substitute they're looking higher achievement of their own lives by way of tackling new—and frequently even more socially significant—work.
Switching careers is a problem at any age, but boomers could have extra to beat than their more youthful opposite numbers: they need to strengthen their schooling or search out retraining; take care of seismic way of life shifts comparable to much less source of revenue and a brand new circle of acquaintances; and reconcile themselves to the truth that even the main worthwhile place isn't any panacea for life's difficulties.
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Instead, they want to put a positive spin on their productive years. In many cases, they hope to leave a legacy. Rita Bennett knows all about stepping out of a comfort zone. For six years, she and her husband, Martin, ran a successful intercultural training business, helping multinational companies prepare workers for the rigors of overseas assignments. After selling the company in 1996, Bennett continued to run the business for another five years—before opting to retire. At age 59, she envisioned a life of leisure—visiting family and friends, gardening, traveling to exotic locales.
In 1999, she retired after more than 30 years of teaching first through fourth grade. The Springfield, Ohio resident was dismayed by recent developments in the classroom— government-mandated standardized testing, highly structured curricula, inflexible teaching plans—so a retirement package had its attractions. She worked as a substitute teacher for a time, but wearied of that as well. After only three weeks of traditional retirement, however, Tuttle grew restless. She began to weigh other career options.
But as people live longer, they need more money. Four out of five older workers anticipate working beyond age 65. What’s more, says the Center on Aging & Work at Boston College, only 10 percent of boomers anticipate a traditional retirement. Boomers are motivated to work for personal reasons beyond earning money: identity, social status, social connections, remaining active and healthy, and experiencing a sense of accomplishment. ” Among 35-to 54-year-olds, that figure was 48 percent, but among 18-to 34-year-olds it was only 37 percent.