A baby boomer quest – early and active retirement

After years on the job and endless family responsibilities, many baby boomers are ready to redefine what it means to be retired. A composite of Del Webb baby boomer surveys completed throughout 2013 has found that a good number of boomers plan to use retirement to revamp their social lives and focus on their overall physical well-being.

Del Webb, the large builder of adult communities, has been surveying the 50 and older demographic for more than 15 years, seeking to better understand the attitudes and opinions of the generation born between 1946 and 1964.

More than half (57 percent) of baby boomers indicated in 2013 that they intend to retire by age 65 – compared to the median retirement age of 67 in 2010. Once retired, they hope to find better balance in their lives by placing an increased emphasis on:

Activities and hobbies that enhance physical/mental well-being (62 percent) Spending time/focusing on family (51 percent); and traveling (34 percent).

man_seine-2While family remains important to baby boomers, not having children around presents a newfound freedom. As a whole, nine of ten current empty nester boomers indicated they are happy, and they look forward to increased personal time (95 percent), time with their significant other or dating (85 percent), and socializing with friends (85 percent) now that the kids are gone.

This freedom becomes so dear to them that 68 percent said they would rather lend their child financial support than allow them to move back home. When asked if boomers are planning to move now that the kids have left the nest, more than half (55 percent) say they are planning to move to a new home at some point in the future, with nearly 10 percent indicating they may move out of state or to a warmer climate.

Couple Enjoying A Game Of Golf“For the first time in what may seem like a lifetime, boomers are transitioning to a new stage in their lives that is filled with zest and personal discovery,” said Fred Ehle, vice president of brand marketing for Del Webb. “They are able to re-evaluate their lives and focus on what is most important to them – which tend to be friends, family and a healthy lifestyle. Once they do so, they optimize every available opportunity to live their ‘new’ lives to its fullest extent.”

boomers_hikingPart of this newfound freedom can also involve finding new friends and companions later in life through dating. When asked about their attitudes toward dating, 56 percent of single boomers said they are open to dating – showing love and companionship knows no age limits. Forty-five percent of single boomers said they are actively dating, but not necessarily looking for love and marriage. Whether looking for a new friend or someone to tie the knot with, single boomers agreed that the top ways to meet someone is through friends/family (66 percent) and social activities/fitness classes/clubs (56 percent).

[Source:  CPA Practice Advisor.]


  1. We are luck to be able to enjoy our hard earned retirement. This was not the case in my parents generation. Most people would never have thought to leave the country or by a second home abroad. I count my blessings!

  2. Personally, I’d prefer to not retire at all but to be involved in a career which provides both psychic & financial rewards. Of course, I don’t want to be a workaholic and would enjoy the freedom to travel, explore, & spend quality time with family & friends, too. Rather than increasing Social Security and unemployment benefits, I’d like to see an investment similar to FDR’s WPA which would help long-term unemployed Boomers like myself rejoin the full-time workforce. In fact, I’ve created a Linkedin group, Ambitious Energized Alpha Boomers designed for those of us aged 60+ who’d prefer to contribute to rather than to collect Social Security.

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