Baby Boomers are not simply delaying retirement, they are retiring retirement altogether by starting new careers. The fifty-five-year-old-and-up crowd is the only age group that is growing as a share of the workforce.
Until recently, sixty-five had been the age of retirement in this country, a milestone cemented by the Social Security Act of 1935 which picked that age.
This boomer generation was reared by Dr. Spock, learned to do sit-ups from Jack LaLanne, lost weight thanks to Jenny Craig, hired tutors to do the kids' homework, and solicited closet masters to organize stuff. Do you really think they are going to figure out, all by themselves, how to put purpose into their last years?
Guess whose job it is to accompany you on this worldly but earnest journey, sometimes in person, though more likely via telephone?
Yes, your retirement coach. To wit: A cheerleader whose entire team is you.
Unlike many types of therapy, coaching does not presume neuroses or delve into a client's unconscious wishes. Influenced by humanistic and transpersonal approaches, coaching aims to help functioning adults become happier and more productive.
Source: The New Yorker, October 8, 2012
John Agno: Boomer Retirement Life Tips (ebook formats $2.99)