"The grim reaper is a pretty terrifying guy. No wonder planning for retirement can be discomforting. No one wants to think about The End.
But why fear the worst?...FRONTLINE presents spry documentary 'My Retirement Dreams,' a whimsical look by off-the-cuff filmmaker Marian Marzynski at how a few Florida retirees spend their time.
No dry facts and figures here. 'Dreams' is a fanciful, subjective look at retirement. Marzynski, 60, who calls himself, between 'a boomer and a geezer,' trains his camera on a few retired Miami Beach condo dwellers as they socialize and ponder the meaning of their lives.
The biggest hurdle retiree Louis Shroer and the other elders of 'Dreams' face is depression--a loss of purpose and hence of joy. Several have moved south from New York to retire and feel displaced. Most are isolated from younger people.
But irreverent Marzynski is determined to find a formula for better aging. He tries the baby boomer antidote--golf. It's a humorous bust. He visits professor--and boomer--Tim Patton who teaches 'Retirement' for Baby Boomer' at Florida's International University. Patton is convinced boomers can age more happily and healthily than their parents.
Mostly, Marzynski ferrets out older folks who are role models for a better 'elderhood.' 'My philosophy was always live and laugh,' says Betty Sullivan, 69, who has little money but relishes the new adventures of each day.
A light look at growing older, yes indeed. But why not approach what's scary with wit and confidence, as 'My Retirement Dreams' does?