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We’re 65; Now What?

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Look... there is nothing special about reaching age 65. If you’ve lived that long, there’s a good chance you’ll live to see 85. As boomers, we have never automatically followed the pattern of our ancestors (for better or worse). No reason to start now. In fact, there is every reason to forget the number 65, forget the notion of settling down and relying on the government for your well-being, and instead use your wisdom and experience to continue contributing to society in light of the fabulous riches this country has offered us for all of our lives.


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In the first essay in this series I warned you about the media making a big deal of boomers turning 65. Be prepared. They may be done trashing George Bush. But now they’re gonna’ trash the boomers. Prepare yourself.

Some of the criticism is valid; most of it is not. There are 76 million of us; we’re a huge, irresistible target. So we’ve got to deal with it. And we’ve got to deal with the reality that, yes... we are getting older. In a few years, we’ll all be on the far side of 65. So, now what?

Reality Bites

First, let’s face some reality here, friends. We’re all going to “lose it.” Despite the pills, the surgery, the creams and the salves... it’s going to get the best of us. Yeah; we’re gonna’ get old, and it’s gonna’ show. Don’t fight it; don’t whine about it. Do the best you can with it; but deal with it and get on with your life. No matter what; it sure beats the alternative.

Still Re-writing the Rules

We’re gonna’ get old. But we’re not going to be old like our parents... not if we take care of ourselves. We have tools, and knowledge, and yes, pills and procedures that our parents did not have. So we’re not going to be 65 like our parents were 65. And that provides us with great opportunities... as well as great responsibilities. There are enormous problems with 76 million Americans over the age of 65. We have to deal with that, too.

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