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Retirement Redefined

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Baby boomers and younger workers have a thing or two to learn from current retirees. Will most baby boomers truly retire? The old mainstays of golf, grandkids and travel haven't been enough to satisfy many ...

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Baby boomers and younger workers have a thing or two to learn from current retirees.

Will most baby boomers truly retire? The old mainstays of golf, grandkids and travel haven't been enough to satisfy many retirees from previous generations. With the great amounts of energy and success that exist within the baby boomer generation, retirement isn't likely to sustain their attention much longer than it did their parents'.

If the current generation of retirees is any indication, baby boomers and younger workers alike have a thing or two to learn from their older counterparts. In August 2005, Putnam Investments performed a retirement survey called "Working in Retirement." Most of the retirees surveyed returned to work after an average of only 18 months of retirement. Of those who returned, 32% cited financial need, while 68% did so voluntarily.

The return to work may signal a problem that most retirees don't anticipate: having something fulfilling to do. The keyword is fulfilling, and it's the driving force behind a return to work. Of course, the added income and the potential health insurance benefits don't hurt either. The phenomenon has become so recognized that In areas with large and increasing populations of retirees, like Arizona, many employers are catering to the retired crowd. Certain companies offer specific work opportunities crafted for retired people. In Tempe, Ariz., Wells Fargo has a special processing center that hires mostly retirees, whom they have nicknamed "Silver Bullets."

The Putnam study didn't focus just on work after retirement. It also emphasized several key reminders for younger workers. Even though the current generation of retirees is relatively financially stable, they still have concerns about running out of money, and they're worried younger people will do the same. They emphasized starting retirement savings early, developing a retirement plan and saving as much as you can both through your workplace program and on your own.

No one expects the baby boomer generation to be content with life in retirement, which is why planning post-retirement activities, both work and play, is so important. And it's just as important for younger workers to plan for such activities too. No matter your age, informing your financial professional of your desire to work and your hobbies and interests will make your retirement plan that much more complete.

Lawrence D. Sprung, CFP of Mitlin Financial Inc., is a Registered Representative with Securities America, Inc., a Registered Broker/Dealer, member NASD/SIPC. Advisory services offered through Securities America Advisors, Inc., A SEC Registered Investment Advisory firm. Lawrence D. Sprung, Investment Advisor Representative. Mitlin Financial, Inc. and Securities America are unaffiliated. He can be reached at (631)465-2017 or by e-mail at lsprung@mitlinfinancial.com. Feel free to forward any questions or future topics you would like to see discussed to info@mitlinfinancial.com and put longisland.com in the subject line.