Should I Stay or Should I Go
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Your parents had visions of retiring to a life of leisure-and possibly a lot of golf. That may not be for you, but have you decided what is? Should you stay where you are? Head for the sun? And can anyone really afford to quit working in this day and age?
Robert Lipsyte sits down with the experts on what Boomers plan to do and where they plan to go in retirement. David Savageau, author of Retirement Places Rated: What You Need to Know to Plan the Retirement You Deserve, says a third of retiring Boomers hope to move to greener pastures. What does he suggest for their new homes? A pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly university town with some historic architecture-not to mention a good hospital! Nancy Henkin of Temple University's Center for Intergenerational Learning, stresses that retiring Boomers are most focussed on meaningful connections-and meaningful work (even if it's only part time). Dr. Robert Kane, director of the Minnesota Geriatric Education Center, sounds this cautionary note: "People retire too young in this country." He adds that the dismal state of late-life long-term care institutions, like nursing homes, remain uncharted territory Boomers need to explore.
Lipsyte next talks with a writer who's spent a lot of time with people over the age of 100. What's he searching for? Tips on how we might all live so long. Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest, says it's all about eating intelligently, exercising moderately, and having the right attitude-along with the right parents.
And finally, former Seinfeld writer Tom Leopold reports that as a baby boomer he's very proud to be a member of America's "fiftieth-greatest generation," though it seems that his memory may be not be as good as he'd like to think.