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    Ladies: eat, pray and stretch that check

    Ladies: eat, pray and stretch that check

    They’re homebodies. And they’re affiliative, depending on social and emotional bonds to get through daily life…or so we assume, because when they travel they like to travel with others. And by they, we mean men. Editors for International Living—the on-line and print publication that encourages retirees to find new adventures and, crucially, save money by...
    Work makes you crazy; retirement causes dementia

    Work makes you crazy; retirement causes dementia

    Let’s begin at the end: you are screwed, regardless. That is the rational conclusion you can draw from a recent and huge (half a million participants) study in France.   What the researchers found was that you have two life choices, neither of which is good for you. You can keep working. (This wasn’t addressed...
    After us, no one will ever retire again

    After us, no one will ever retire again

    If you’ve been paying attention, you know that older Baby Boomers are grossly unprepared for retirement. Theirs would be a riveting and tragic story, except that every other generation looks to be in worse shape.   A new report on retirement from the Pew Charitable Trusts points out that Generation-Xers, who are now between 38...
    More noise and chatter on retirement

    More noise and chatter on retirement

    A wintery mix of news about retirement savings over the past few weeks. There’s some variation in the details but a consistent underlying message, which is that you will die poor, Boomer. And your generation will likely impoverish the generations coming after it. (Here’s the upside: we are told by a study of cheery Germans...
    Fauja Singh, the Harold Stassen of road racing

    Fauja Singh, the Harold Stassen of road racing

    Fauja Singh, the baddest 101-year-old vegetarian marathoner on the planet, has maybe possibly (but not really) retired from competitive racing.   Singh, who turns 102 on April 1, finished last weekend’s Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon’s 10-kilometer (6.25-mile) race in 1 hour, 32 minutes, 28 seconds—half a minute faster than he ran it last year...
    Good advice for older travelers

    Good advice for older travelers

    It’s easy to be irritated with the New York Times “Booming” section, or subdomain, or whatever we are supposed to call it. Like many features aimed at Baby Boomers, it seems to slide easily into the morbid. There are upbeat stories, certainly (like a recent slideshow on attractive women who have decided not to dye...
    Go south, old (broke) man

    Go south, old (broke) man

    Retiring abroad! It’s like tacking a dragon’s tail onto the withered hindquarters of that 9-to-5 life you led for 40 years.   See, you say to your kids, I still thirst for adventure. See, I’m willing to negotiate back alleys in a tropical city where no one speaks my language, just to eat at a...
    Fauja Singh: don’t want to look, can’t turn away

    Fauja Singh: don’t want to look, can’t turn away

    When you’re, say, 50, it’s easy to feel like you’re dull. Uninteresting. You can feel invisible. So when you find something that puts you in high relief, that gives you an identity—especially if you excel at it and it demonstrates what a complete badass you are—you’re going to hold on to it.   No. More...
    Same old

    Same old

    The odd thing about being off for a couple of weeks…truly and completely off, out-of-cell-coverage-and-forget-your-passwords off…is that you can return to find that nothing much has changed. Apparently there were sporting events in London, and occasional disasters. But otherwise, no surprise. For example, there’s this story from AARP on how half of all non-retired boomers...
    Why aren’t more old people leaving America?

    Why aren’t more old people leaving America?

    There’s a lot of loose talk about people retiring outside the United States. It’s not as romantic a conversation as one might think, because the underlying premise is that most Americans don’t have the resources they’ll need to retire comfortably in the country they’ve helped to build. Say you have only $1,177 a month to...
    Saturday mash-up: March 31, 2012

    Saturday mash-up: March 31, 2012

    Whenever there’s a pile of items that accumulate over the week and we can’t get around to individual pieces on each one, we throw them into a bin like this, which we previously called a stew and then a hash. This time we’re call it a mash-up, which seems like another food metaphor but less...
    French equestrian village for old horse people is simultaneously encouraging and disturbing

    French equestrian village for old horse people is simultaneously encouraging and disturbing

          The Villages Group, which develops and operates retirement communities in locations around the world, has announced that it will build France’s first equestrian village. It will be “aimed at buyers in the over 50 age range who want to live in a community with sporting and outdoor activities.” While horseback riding is...