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  1. I see so many seniors working as baggers, greeters, etc. On the one hand I think it is good to stay active and involved, and on the other I wonder how many are doing those jobs because they were forced into them by a system that is very unfair to the citizens of this country.

  2. Yes, Chloe, and boomers are suffering the most from this situation… To quote from a recent study on Americans and happiness:
    “The baby boom generation are the least happy among those surveyed… probably due to the fact that the generation as a group was so large, and their expectations were so great, that not everyone in the group could get what he or she wanted as they aged due to competition for opportunities.” — Social Inequalities in Happiness in the United States, 1972-2004: An Age-Period-Cohort Analysis

  3. I share your mixed feelings about seeing seniors working as baggers and cashiers — good that people are active; bad that they are obviously well qualified to do more sophisticated and fulfilling work. But I’m not so sure about the happiness quotient. I recently read (please don’t ask me to cite the source; can’t remember) that Baby Boomers have not suffered as much as the 20-somethings from the Great Recession; and also that people tend to be happiest when they’re in their 60s. As for myself, I lost my job at age 53. Now I’m in my 60s and I am poorer; but much happier.

  4. It’s true Tom! We really do get happier as we age, and as I move quickly towards age 60 I can certainly agree! Mike and I are also facing a future of poorer but happier and looking forward to that! Thanks for commenting, LLC

  5. I just read yesterday that more and more baby boomers are becoming entrepreneurs. Many got tired of sending out dozens, if not hundreds of resumes, and simply decided to put their skills to use by opening their own businesses. It seems like a great way to stay active during “retirement” and make sure that years of experience don’t go to waste by investing in less than satisfying jobs.

    Here is a link to the article: http://www.nbcnews.com/business/baby-boomers-fueling-wave-entrepreneurship-8C11371624

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