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Empty Nesters – a More Diverse Group Than Ever
Retirement. Florida. Golf. Boredom. What do these terms have in common? Not much, according to a mountain of recent studies of the lifestyles and demographics of aging baby-boomers. Today’s “empty-nesters” are a more diverse group then ever before, taking advantage of their newly found free time and discretionary income. They’re changing the way we think about the second half of life, living out their dreams and fulfilling life goals.
Retirees who like living near college campuses say they enjoy the lifestyle that comes with having a higher education institution nearby. It brings new meaning to the term senior class. Older Americans drawn to campus life include alumni, retired faculty as well as seniors just looking for a university environment.
What market dynamics or policy initiatives would be most effective to enhance energy awareness and create more sustainable energy consumption practices? What steps should individuals, governments, and other organizations take to reduce overall consumption and use our current energy supply more wisely?
Encouraging boomers to live a university lifestyle will reduce consumption, rightsize housing needs and reduce private transportation needs. Boomers should share live more frugally and we should create policies, and culture to accept these concepts.
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We Baby Boomers should consider right sizing our lives, returning to a university lifestyle, At 51, I am obsolete, with an engineering degree and an MBA, with 30 years of experience in manufacturing that is no longer needed. My life is cluttered with too many unnessary expenses and over consumption. The great thing about student life, is that people learn to live frugally, but surrounded with optimism towards the future. If I can live on less, I can work for less and contribute more towards meaningful, relevant work in todays knowledge economy. It’s back to school to retool for the next 30 to 40 years.
The correct choice would be one who realizes that our nation needs a No Person Left Behind, rather than just No Child Left Behind policy. Who would embrace the real problem, that we need to use obsolete baby boomers as national human capital? https://universitylifestyle.wordpress.com/
We continue to work hard at correcting the wrong thing. We ask “who will provide the necessary tax base to care for an aging population?” Baby boomers need to take care of themselves, preventing the social burden, by retooling in relevant occupations, and working longer. The already well educated, intelligent, baby boomers(1946-1964), need to remain functional in today’s economy of knowledge work. The myth of retirement at 65, was made when people were only expected to live to 62. If we live to 90, retirement should be at begin at 88. At 51, with an engineering degree and an MBA and 30 years of manufacturing experience, I am totally obsolete, “but I’m not dead yet”, and I need to retool, in an industry, at a the competitive employment cost, in location where I am needed. A university lifestyle, teaches people to live frugally, and boomers need to do so now, rather than “vote” for a handout from the next generation. https://universitylifestyle.wordpress.com/