For decades, the Baby Boomers imagined that when it was their turn to retire, they would simply sign on and receive the old age pension they believed they had been paying for since starting their first job five decades earlier. Alas, reports PHIL McEWART, it’s just not that simple.
There are more than a thousand Men’s Sheds in Australia, each giving the blokes somewhere to potter, but they are much more than a meeting place. This is where the boys can get together and do things, improving health, wellbeing and sense of worth along the way, writes PAULINE DU RIETZ.
For decades John McSweeney has been a familiar voice on the local club circuit and his CDs have been bringing the joy of music to audiences around the world, but now, writes DOT WHITTINGTON, his work is putting the sparkle back into eyes lost to dementia. (Image: Karen Hutt)
The Baby Boomers are now well and truly seniors. This group, born in the years after World War II when the boys returned home from long years away, are today in their 60s (or close to) and 70s, with a disposable income and, increasingly, time to use it, reports RUSSELL HUNTER.
Making the transition to a smaller, more practical home can make more time for leisure, but it can also be overwhelming, as LORRAINE PAGE reports.
There has been plenty said about the rise of Grey Divorcees, the growing number of couples who are ready to call it quits on a long marriage when they are past 50. But, writes RENAE SPINKS, there are also those who are keen to give marriage a second chance and are tying the knot again.
Old age will force many of us into abandoning our care to others and, as LORRAINE PAGE reports, Baby Boomers can learn by helping their parents.
It’s not so many years since stopping work meant a gold watch and post-employment years spent playing bowls, pottering in the garden or watching daytime television. But now, writes JULIE LAKE, it’s the opportunity to pursue all those things you have always wanted to do.
From Depression-era parents who rarely touched a drop, came a post-war generation who took to having a regular tipple, writes ANGELA BENSTED.
When you’ve ticked off the travel bucket list and your feet are still itching to know more about the world, you can join the brigade of volunteers who are heading offshore and really getting under the skin of other nations. BRUCE McMAHON talks to three volun-tourists.
You don’t need to be a lycra lout glowing with rude health or rippling with supertoned muscle but, writes RUSSELL HUNTER, exercise and muscle toning helps you to to feel good about yourself and keeps you agile in later life.
Increasing the retirement age is firmly on the national agenda but as ANGELA BENSTED discovers, there are already workers who, after making a dramatic career change, choose to remain employed – some long after turning 65 – and are loving every minute of it.
It’s a subject that is still considered taboo to many, but while sexuality remains legitimate even when wearing wrinkles, there is an ageist perception in wider society that older people are not sexual. RENAE SPINKS talks to the “sexperts” about celebration, information and health.
Volunteering is an opportunity for people with time on their hands to put their skills and experience at the service of the community. For retirees it can also be a chance to learn new skills, fulfil dreams and tackle challenges outside the usual comfort zone, writes JULIE LAKE.