Fred Sands, 75, said, “I never considered retiring. I’ve had friends retire, and nobody wants to go to lunch with them.” Sands likes “the action.” And he’s not in in for the money, ’cause, a while back he sold his eponymous real estate company for $100 million.
However, some of us might work for money. According to a Fidelity Investments survey, over half of U.S. workers aren’t saving enough to afford a retirement, anyway.
Over a catchup dinner, my friend said, “it sure doesn’t feel like retirement.”
Her career on the corporate ladder peaked two jobs ago, and after the last layoff, at 65, she could have called it a day. But her reputation in the field, and her desire to work in that field, led to offers of part-time/per-project work, and what was a forced retirement is now, two-years later, a 40+ hour-a-week schedule, encompassing a bunch of unrelated jobs that range from leading management workshops to running a small theatre.
She’s retired as an employee, but she works full time at being self-employed.
An independent contractor. Maybe even entrepreneurial.
She’s energized, putting away money, and, as she put it, she’s “having a ball”
Boomers are re-defining retirement as we get to it.
What: L.A. Times
The Story: Fashion Trends
Topshop and H&M are offering customers free in-store consultations with “stylists” to 1) lure women to brick & mortar stores and 2) help them buy more.
Who uses these stylists?
At Topshop, ages range “from 15 year old girls to 50-year old mothers.” At Johnny Was, customers “include mothers, businesswomen and even a client in her 60s.”
Did you catch that subtle, ageist putdown? “…even a client in her 60s.”
I read this to mean: “We dress Mothers, who are functioning members of society with a role and a title, and we dress Businesswomen, who are also functioning members of society, with roles and titles, and we dress one freak, a women in her 60s.”
It’s not clear if Businesswomen can also be Mothers, but no matter, my point is that “Mother” and “Businesswoman” are legitimate, descriptive categories that fit in “the world as we know it” but that “… a woman in her 60s” is adrift in her own dreary category, without a role, or function or title.
Ageism is subtle, but that’s what sharp editors are for.
The Media Watch Dog is whimpering.
Who made the most money touring last year?
#1 Madonna, 55 y/o.
#2 Bruce Springsteen, 63 y/o.
She’s baaaaack, and good for her! She’s already done two farewell tours, but, hey, can’t a Diva change her mind?
Ever the consummate showman, she’ll debut her first new single in over 10 years on “The Voice” finale on June 18.
At 67, Cher is two years past Official Retirement Age (ORA), and she’s a good example for those who opt to continue working.
#1 She has stamina: Performing is a lot of work. Her last tour, 2001’s “Living Proof,” did 605 shows!
#2 She’s making more money than ever. She was more popular in the 70s, but now she’s richer. That 2001 tour grossed $394 million.
#3 She hasn’t let personal set backs get her all depressed i.e. her daughter Chastity is now her son Chaz.
Cher, you are the ”The Zoomer Role Model of The Day.”
Vanity Fair magazine, that non plus ultra arbiter of pop culture, did a survey, asking their readers to pick their favorite actor and actress.
And the winners are: 63 y/o Meryl Streep, and 82 y/o Clint Eastwood.
Haha, I doubt that that’s the age group that Vanity Fair pitches to all those sleek designer advertisers!
Life may begin at 40, but, alas, it’s over by your 50s.
How do I know?
Because the March issue of InStyle magazine has that feature that all the chix magazines run every couple of months—it’s a template: “Look Beautiful at Any Age,” “Great Hair at Every Age.” Then, for each age group, they show a celeb: in this version, it’s Frida Pinto for the 20s, 30s Michele Williams, 40s Salma Hayek, 50s– Julianne Moore.
That’s all. There isn’t any 60s. Does that mean if you are 60 you can’t be chic or have great hair anymore?
I wasn’t aware of that.
And I wonder if 10s of millions of my Baby Boomer sisters got that message?
That giant sucking sound in the background? It’s billions of dollars slithering out of the economy when 60 year old women stop buying lipsticks, and mani-pedis, and shoes and handbags, and lingerie, and pencil skirts, and Wonder Bras, and dresses, and bathing suits, and perfume, and jewelry, and accessories and facials, and crèmes for our skin.
If Boomers over 60 stopped trying to look “beautiful at any age,” Macy’s would probably do a lot less business.
Dear Journalists, Newscasters, Commentators and all those who give us the news and information that helps shape our world view:
You can write and say whatever you want about my generation—all I ask is that you spell our name correctly: B-O-O-M-E-R-S.
Sometimes you mix up my generation with the generation before mine, which is spelled S-E-N-I-O-R-S.
The Depression, and WWII forged the mettle of today’s seniors.
Boomers were weaned on political assassinations, civil rights, feminism. Our mettle was forged thru cultural flux and turmoil.
“S-e-n-i-o-r-s” are “that” generation” and “B-o-o-m-e-r-s” are “this” generation.