Today, we baby boomers are in the throws of finishing our careers, emptying the nest and thinking about retirement. This is the same generation that led the age of rock and roll, the sexual revolution, the women’s movement, the personal computer proliferation, and fought for social, economic and political equality and justice for many dis-advantage groups. This generation has the opportunity to change how we think about our retirement, our health, our vibrancy and just plain living life after what many call "middle age". We will not go out quietly, we will have fun, we will contribute and we will do it with purpose.
Another point to ponder. It has been said that the workforce currently has a brain drain occurring. It is not necessarily because retiring baby boomers are that much smarter - although we may like to think so. In the US there are 77 million of us born between 1946 and 1964. The next generation is only about 50 million strong - that is the Generation X born between 1965 and 1984. That is a deficit of about 22 million. That is a bit of a problem just based on raw numbers. No worries though, the Millennials, those born in the mid 80's to mid 2000's are about 70 million strong - they are often referred to as the "Next Generation". They have the technical skills, opportunity and drive. But our experience, wisdom and knowledge are still needed. So you see, we have to contribute. Future generations need us to and so do we.