Thursday, July 10, 2008

Boomers switch careers

When Jane Gifun's father retired from New England Telephone, he took his first Social Security check and bought a set of golf clubs. For the next eight years, he spent countless hours on the greens. Never mind the birdies - in his golden years, even the bogeys were beautiful.

Gifun's own retirement looks much different.

"My dad loved to putter, but that's not me," said Gifun, of Andover. "I can't see myself spending the rest of my life sitting on my front porch rocking or dead-heading the flowers in the garden."

After retiring from the interior design business, she pursued a lifelong dream of working with children who have disabilities.
With this nation's current financial situation, might be a good idea to spend "retirement" at work.
A growing number of baby boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, are embracing a similar outlook. Some are doing so by choice. Others, faced with plummeting stock portfolios and a weak housing market, are readjusting their plans. They may have left their careers, but they are still in the workforce, in some other occupation to pay the bills.

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