My Retirement Role Model

  Seventeen years ago, I sat behind the wheel of a blue Volkswagen Beetle, speeding through the night on Highway 101 between San Francisco and Palo Alto. Seated beside me in the passenger seat was my hero and mentor, John W. Gardner…then 85 years old.  I...

When Baby Boomers are not Ready to Retire

The upcoming demographic transformation, when millions will move beyond their middle years, has been anticipated for decades – but now, the human tidal-wave is here: In 2015, more people will be 60+ than will be younger than 15. Yet even at this juncture, the...

When Retirees Misjudge Their Desire for Leisure

It’s no secret that millions of Americans work hard, in extremely challenging and demanding jobs in their middle years. (Frankly, I’m one of them.) So it comes as no surprise that many feel desperate for a break when approaching traditional retirement age, when the...

Have You Got Your Second Wind?

[intro]In America’s youth, we loved older people. The early European settlers wore white wigs and cut their clothes to affect a hunched-over posture. In the early census, Americans lied and said they were older than their actual years. A popular saying of the...

A New Vision for Retirement: Productive and Meaningful

Our human world is changing dramatically. Expert demographers say that next year, in 2015, more Americans will be over 60 than are younger than 15 —and that half of the children born in the developed world since 2000 will live to mark their centenary. This trend is...