Baby boomer freedom: golf, bridge, dog

Every time we spot a story about a baby boomer who lives by the theme of BoomerCafé — young in spirit, active in lifestyle — we like to pass it on to you. That’s why we’re reprinting Duncan Hughes’s piece from Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald about a boomer who doesn’t live by the calendar.

Jane Lee has a new zest for working, at an age when many of her peers spend their days playing golf or bridge or walking the dog.

”There is nothing I’d like to do less,” the mother of two grown children says.

Lee, the wife of a retired Australian diplomat who spent much of life jetting between European capitals, is ensconced at Sotheby’s Australia.

”I love it,” she says about working well past the official retirement age. Jane, who will only admit to being older than 60, belongs to a generation that has been at the cutting edge of increasing women’s involvement in the workforce and in management.

Raising children and accompanying her husband during his overseas career meant that she was out of the workforce for most of her traditional working life.

Recent research has found that Australian women have worked the equivalent of 20 years by the time they reach retirement, compared to men’s 38 years.

Baby boomers are finding more time they can call their own.

Baby boomers are finding more time they can call their own.

One of Jane’s many jobs with the prestige auction house is dealing with clients, art experts, and visitors ”keen to discover the importance of Australian art.”

”I actually miss work when I’m not there, and it’s nice to be like that,” she says.

She is not fey about grey, believing that life experience can bring experiences, skills, and understanding that are valuable to business life.

Some of her much older friends, aged in their 80s, are still happily working a few days a week, and they’re good role models for boomers like Jane Lee.

”It is simply magical,” she says. ”I am living and working in a community where no two days are the same, meeting extraordinary people and hearing wonderful ideas.”

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