Boomer Retirees? Say it ain't so... the hippies, the counter-culture
of the sixties are approaching the age of retirement, not
Aquarius......the proverbial rocking chair! Yikes!
it or not a generation of post War baby boomers, 70 million
strong, are fast approaching the traditional age of retirement
in the United States. In 2006 the first born of this generation
will be turning 60.
as they have throughout the decades, the baby boomers continue
to shape, influence and create American culture. Their attitudes
about retirement will impact the American work force like
no other time in our history.
potential loss of tens of millions of experienced and skilled
workers leaving the work force in droves is a daunting concept.
Demographers have predicted crises for Corporate America.
Like their parent's of the World War II era, the post War
population has an aggressive work ethic and firm value system
at their core. With employers facing shortages of employees
and appreciating the experience that aging Boomers posses,
it is expected that older workers will be offered incentives
to remain in the work force.
A University of Michigan survey showed that the percentage
of older people working longer continues to grow. Fifty seven
percent of Boomer men and forty five percent of Boomer women
plan to work past 62.
flower-children grew up to be the most affluent generation
in American history and have spent their money freely. Unlike
their parents, saving for old age wasn't a priority. Consequently,
many will continue to work for the income and benefits.
their desire to remain youthful, Boomers have managed to stay
healthier and more active than seniors in the past. It is
unlikely this generation will take old age lying down.
remain idealistic innovators of change and and perhaps with
age comes a renewal of the value of an active life that holds
meaning and purpose into retirement and beyond..
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Sandra Dee Passes
Sandra Dee, passed
away on February 20, 2005 from complications of kidney disease.
Ms. Dee was the original Gidget in the hugely popular 1959
beach film, "Gidget". Her sweet, wholesome innocence
contributed to the film's smash success with teenagers of
the early sixties. That same youthful freshness remained her
trademark image throughout the fifties and sixties.
Sandra starred opposite
Troy Donohue in the teen love story, A
Summer Place in 1959. The theme music for A Summer Place
went on to top the music charts. Ms. Dee replaced Debbie Reynolds
as "Tammy" in the 1961 film, Tammy Tell Me True.
In 1963 she recreated the Tammy character in, Tammy
and The Doctor with costar, Peter Fonda.
Sweetheart, Dee married the teen idol, Bobby Darin (Splish
Splash and Mack The Knife were two of Darin's hit records)
in 1960. The couple starred in three films together. Their
last film appearance together was in "That
Funny Feeling" in 1965, they had one son and divorced
in 1967. The two are portrayed in the Kevin Spacey bio film,
The Sea" in which Kate Bosworth plays the part of
Sandra Dee was born
April 23, 1942 in Bayonne, NJ. She was 62 years old.
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