This year the first “baby boomers” became eligible for retirement. Being eligible and actually retiring are two different issues. But whether we retire or not is not the issue, the fact is that we are living longer. The U.S. Census Bureau defines the “baby boomers” as those born between January 1st, 1946 and December 31st, 1964. Research indicates that over the next decade more than 76 million “baby boomers” will reach retirement age. But living longer also means getting prepared for the impeding challenges and realities of dealing with Social Security, health care, housing, employment, and other issues that are a result of aging.
The Stanford Center on Longevity researches aging and living longer well. Statistics from the Center are both revealing and provocative.