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PostSubject: Which Type of Boomers Will You Be?!   Sun Jun 10, 2007 1:13 pm

Baby boomers approaching retirement are coming upon possibly the biggest change in their lives. With the permanence, stability - and perhaps boredom - of the long work week gone, the possibilities are infinite. But as with any major life change, there are a lot of different options available, from relaxing and enjoying your grandkids to going back to school or starting a new business. Which choice you make depends on your financial situation, your interests and your willingness to take risks.

"It's very much like when you graduated from high school or college, a few people knew exactly what they wanted to do, but the majority have no idea," says Nancy K. Schlossberg, a professor emeritus at the University of Maryland and the author of Retire Smart, Retire Happy: Finding Your True Path in Life.

Schlossberg divides baby boomers into six main types. Some people may fit into more than one category, and over time, people will likely shift from one type of boomer to another.
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The Easy Glider Arrow takes each day as it comes. These are the boomers who just bought a condo near the beach, for example, and are happy to relax there with their spouse, take walks in the morning and cook dinners together. They enjoy every day and have no interest in going back to work. Easy gliders are usually financially secure and do not have to worry about long-term retirement costs.

The Adventure:arrow:arrow: : makes daring changes with his or her life. They may have retired from one career, then gone back to school and started another career. The longtime teacher who becomes a massage therapist is a good example, or the accountant who earns a culinary arts degree and begins catering parties. Adventurers may be motivated by financial needs. If they have not saved enough for retirement, they need to figure out another source of income.

Adventurers often love to travel. The grandma you hear about who went on a trip to India, or the senior who took a cross-country trip on his Harley-Davidson to go to the big motorcycle rally in Sturgis, S.D., are adventurers.

The Continuer Arrow continues to use existing skills, interests and activities but modifies them to fit retirement. The math professor who retires from the university but continues to tutor students in math, for example, or the realtor who sells her busy and demanding practice but continues to occasionally list houses for friends or relatives. A continuer could be someone who worked as a preschool teacher who now baby sits young children.

The Searcher Arrow tries out different careers or hobbies to find something that will bring him or her happiness. Perhaps they've started making pottery through a ceramics class, but then find themselves drawn to a class about writing mystery novels. Maybe they're taking up fishing again, or some other activity they haven't had time for in years.

This searching also occurs on a spiritual level. Retreats involving prayer, meditation and a deepening of faith appeal to searchers, who are reflecting on what they have learned in their lives, and how they want to spend their remaining years. Most boomers will have a "searching" phase during or after retirement.

The Involved Spectator:arrow:arrow: : cares deeply about the world. They love their family members, feel connected to their faith and care about their community. However, because of illness or other circumstances, they are not as involved as they used to be. Someone who has been very involved in her church for many years, but now can only manage spending a few hours a week helping on Sunday mornings, is one example. Another is a grandfather who was always very involved with his grandchildren's lives, but who sees them less now because of his health concerns.

The Retreater Arrow is the only negative category of the six types, Schlossberg says. They are confused and upset about retirement. The change may have been traumatic for them. They miss their former coworkers and have not been able to make new friends. Instead, they have retreated to their home to watch TV, withdrawing from friends and family. Although a person might be in the "retreat" category for a while, he or she can also transition from this into a more positive stage and become a "searcher."
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