Retirees Star in New Reality TV Show, Sunset Daze

Category: Baby Boomer Retirement Issues

April 28, 2010 — The “coming of age” movie and TV show has just taken on a new dimension for us baby boomers. “Sunset Daze“, a TV show that debuts today on WE TV, shows just how far (and how low) we are about to go as a generation. Once we were celebrated for our youth in movies like “The Graduate” and events like “Woodstock”. Now, the age group just a few years older than us oldest baby boomers is starring in what the New York Times calls a “boozy, oversexed reality TV genre”. The Times has given the new show unusually full coverage with a front page article yesterday and a generally very positive review in today’s television section. Yesterday’s article was “Boozy, Bawdy Reality TV, With a Few Wrinkles“, today’s is “The Golden Years: Feisty, Fit, and Flirty(more…)

Posted by John Brady on April 27th, 2010

Retirement for Younger Baby Boomers Will be a Different Experience

Category: Baby Boomer Retirement Issues

Younger baby boomers, those aged 50 years old in 2010, foresee a vastly different retirement world than 50 year-olds who were surveyed in 1996. According to a pair of surveys by active adult community developer Del Webb, today’s 50 year-old plans to retire four years later, at a median age of 67 versus age 63 nearly fifteen years ago. Fully 73% of baby boomers plan on continuing to work in retirement. That contrasts with current retirees living in Del Webb communities, of whom just 40% have actually worked since retirement. The conclusion drawn by Del Webb is that today’s younger boomers don’t see retirement as necessarily the end of their working life, but possibly something pushed out further or which includes work in some form (more…)

Posted by John Brady on April 27th, 2010

Are You an Aster (Late Bloomer)?

Category: Baby Boomer Retirement Issues

One of the nicest additions to anyone’s garden is the aster, a late blooming flower that helps sustain color and variety as fall turns to winter. The metaphor works for retirement planning, since people who plan their retirement tend to do it a lot better than those who leave it to chance.

This week we were happy to have been invited to be guest blogger at Boom This, a blog put out by our friend and occcasional Topretirements contributor, Teri Flatley. As you might have guessed by now, the article is all about “How to Be a Late Bloomer“. Check it out.

Posted by John Brady on April 26th, 2010

Consider Walkability in Your Best Place to Retire

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

There are so many different factors to consider when it comes to choosing your best place to retire. Climate, cultural and political environment, location, cost of living, taxes, and recreational opportunities – just to name a few. But there is another key factor to be considered that can dramatically affect your quality of life – walkability. This article will explore how the ability to walk to most of your daily activities and chores can not only enhance the quality of your life, but be a good investment as well.

In its “Tale of Two Cities” article The Daily Kos recently reported on the contrast between a very walkable town and another where residents need a car to go just about anywhere. Both Venice (FL) and Lehigh Acres (near Ft. Myers, FL) began as planned communities. But the similarities stop there. Venice has a beautiful (more…)

Posted by John Brady on April 20th, 2010

Where are Baby Boomers Retiring to?

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

April 5, 2010 — There are as many theories about where baby boomers will retire to as there are people writing about the topic. There are certain patterns though, and they can be helpful to others who are pondering the question: “What is the best place for me to retire to?” This article will explore the question of how many people move in retirement (and how far), why they are moving, and where they are moving to. We finish up the article with an extremely interesting report – the real places where Topretirements’ visitors have told us they are moving to.

How Many People Move in Retirement?
According to a recent study by Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research, “Americans on the Go: How Often, Where, and Why?“, and results from the Census Bureau, not very many older Americans move in (more…)

Posted by John Brady on April 5th, 2010