We all remember that ubiquitous (and basically awful) car commercial from the 1980s, promising “this is not your father’s Oldsmobile.” The tagline has since been applied to just about everything that’s new and different, including the evolving concept of retirement. In the case of retirement, though, it’s literally true — and becoming more so every day. Your father had canasta; you have canoeing and kayaking. Your father had a strong pension; you have peanuts. Your father had 10 or 15 years of retirement to fund; you may have 20 or more.
All of that may help explain why a recent AARP survey of boomer-age voters found that nearly three-fourths of working boomers believe they will probably be forced to delay retirement. Half of them doubt they’ll ever be able to retire. Because so many of us are (wisely, I think) seeking to wring every last minute out of our working careers, AARP has made it a priority to help older workers find employment, through initiatives such as LifeReimagined.org.