65 Words on Turning 65

Boomers set a new course for retirement

On January 1, 2011, the first of 77 million Baby Boomers turned 65, a seminal moment for this famous generation. But “65” has been tarnished over the years, seen as “the end,” of work, of productivity, of an active life. But, day in and day out, I hear that 65 is a time of life not near over.

A new report from Pew Research Center claimed that Boomers “approach 65 – glumly. ” But, while the headlines highlighted the trials, the research went on to the triumphs:

“But don’t tell Boomers that old age starts at age 65. The typical Boomer believes that old age doesn’t begin until age 72, according to a 2009 Pew Research survey. About half of all American adults say they feel younger than their actual age, but fully 61% of Boomers say this. In fact, the typical Boomer feels nine years younger than his or her chronological age.”

Now we’re getting somewhere. But to go further, the week this report came out, we asked people what “65” means to them, and the responses showed the vitality of those who view the second half of life as a time to do more. Read the ones we received.

Please join us by writing down — in 65 words — your views on turning 65. Collectively, whether you’re 65, 55 or 75, we can show the world that 65 is a powerful, passionate and productive time to make our world the world we want it to be. Regardless of your age, send us your 65 words on turning 65.

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