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Boomers may not have to delay retirement after all, study says 06/19/2013
The retirement plans of many baby boomers took a hit when the recession struck. Some were concerned they'd have to push back the date when they'd leave the workforce and others were worried about whether they'd be able to live the active lifestyle they had long envisioned.MORE
The retirement plans of many baby boomers took a hit when the recession struck. Some were concerned they'd have to push back the date when they'd leave the workforce, and others were worried about whether they'd be able to live the active lifestyle they had long envisioned. The economic climate has improved considerably in the last several years, and it has had a positive impact on the way boomers are viewing their future. A recent study from Del Webb found an increase in optimism among the boomer population.
Among the most significant findings was that 57 percent of boomers who are currently employed felt confident they could retire by 65. Just three years ago, the majority of boomers expected they would not be able to retire until they were 67. Researchers also determined that a growing number of boomers are planning on relocating after they leave the workforce, with about 41 percent expecting to do so. Analysts say these findings are encouraging.
"Boomers are clearly feeling more positive about their situation and the housing market in general, with more expecting to retire sooner than just three years ago," said Deborah Wahl, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for PulteGroup Inc. "The percentage of respondents who indicate that they are likely to move again is comparable to prior studies and is significant when you consider the vast group of 79 million boomers in America today."
Encore careers remain popular
Although the survey revealed that many boomers will leave their careers once they reach 65, that doesn't mean they're done working for good. In fact, the survey revealed that about 51 percent plan to work in some capacity, 18 percent of whom want to change jobs. Still, while many want to keep working, respondents also noted that a more flexible work schedule gives them the opportunity to focus on their families, hobbies and traveling.
Many strive for active retirement
Employment is just one facet of the retirement picture, and there are many other aspects to keep in mind when planning a successful retirement. For instance, social engagement and lifelong learning are popular options, with organizations such as Road Scholar giving boomers the chance to indulge their intellectual curiosity, according to The Huffington Post.
Volunteering could be good for your health, study suggests 06/18/2013
High blood pressure affects an estimated 65 million Americans, and is one of the leading risk factors for heart disease. Healthy lifestyle choices such as diet and exercise are among the best options to manage blood pressure, but a new study suggests that giving back to the community may also play a role.MORE
High blood pressure affects an estimated 65 million Americans, and is one of the leading risk factors for heart disease. Healthy lifestyle choices such as diet and exercise are among the best options to manage blood pressure, but a new study suggests that giving back to the community may also play a role. Scientists from Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University found that adults who spent more time volunteering had a considerably lower risk of high blood pressure than non-volunteering counterparts.
The findings, which were published in the American Psychological Association's Psychology and Aging's journal, are based on interviews with a group of more than 1,100 subjects. Participants ranged in age from 51 to 91 and were polled at the beginning of the study in 2006 to assess their volunteering habits and levels of social engagement. Four years later, the team interviewed them again, in addition to measuring the subjects' blood pressure. Researchers determined those who volunteered at least 200 hours a year had about a 40 percent lower risk of developing hypertension than those who spent little or no time volunteering.
"As people get older, social transitions like retirement, bereavement and the departure of children from the home often leave older adults with fewer natural opportunities for social interaction," lead author Rodlescia S. Sneed said. "Participating in volunteer activities may provide older adults with social connections that they might not have otherwise."
Good news for boomers
Knowing that volunteering is good for you health is certainly a boon for the boomer generation, which is very active in volunteering. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, the volunteer rate for the boomer generation is about 30.9 percent. The organization also estimates that by 2020, the number of volunteers 65 and over could rise to about 13 million.
Not only are there health benefits associated with volunteering, but there are plenty of opportunities available. In fact, the Corporation for National and Community Service operates a program designed specifically for helping adults 55 and older find volunteer opportunities.
Retirement communities make it easy
Homeowners at Del Webb Sweetgrass will find no trouble locating their ideal volunteer opportunity. The Texas retirement community offers a volunteer outreach program, which is just one of the many clubs and groups that offers baby boomers a chance to stay socially engaged and healthy.
South Florida ranks as one of the best retirement destinations 06/14/2013
Finding the perfect place to retire can be a tough process. There are many factors to take into consideration, including the cost of living, access to quality healthcare and social scene - and that's just scratching the surface.MORE
Finding the perfect place to retire can be a tough process. There are many factors to take into consideration, including the cost of living, access to quality healthcare and social scene - and that's just scratching the surface. Of course, it's difficult to come up with destinations that are well-suited for the entire baby boomer population as they transition into retirement, but a new study from consumer advocate NerdWallet reveals what are some of the best options, and South Florida was once again near the top of the list.
More than just weather
The Sunshine State has long been a popular retirement destination for older adults, and many people chalked that up to the fact that it has some of the best weather in the country. While high temperatures and plenty of sunshine are certainly a large draw, there are many other pieces to the puzzle. According to the NerdWallet rankings, the cost of living is relatively low and there are an impressive 359 physicians for 100,000 residents.
In addition to the cost of living and access to healthcare, South Florida also offers older adults plenty of enriching activities. For instance, the University of Miami has ample opportunities for lifelong learning, including approximately 100 non-credit courses that are perfect for boomers looking to continue their education.
Meets boomers expectations
The active lifestyle that South Florida offers is particularly well-suited to the desires of boomers as they leave the workforce and enter the next phase of their lives. According to Kiplinger.com, not only are retiring boomers placing an emphasis on staying physically fit, they are also increasingly likely to head back to school and volunteer.
Retirement opportunities abound
There are many places for boomers to retire in South Florida, but Del Webb Naples is arguably the best. Situated in the town of Ave Maria, this retirement community has everything an active retiree could want. Aside from being just five minutes from beautiful beaches, homeowners can take advantage of many different amenities including a state-of-the-art fitness center, tennis and pickleball courts, and a variety of clubs and classes. Not only that, but thanks to a recent relationship with Road Scholar, the world's largest not-for-profit educational travel organization, there's plenty of opportunity for lifelong learning.