More boomers looking forward to active living

Jasmine Phu

February 3, 2011

A new study conducted by Merrill Lynch Affluent Insights has found that baby boomers are not only trying to live a more active retirement than their parents – they're already planning to do so. A total of 86 percent of older adults aged 46 to 64 replied that they anticipate continuing to learn, thrive and work during their golden years.

Almost a third (32 percent) are planning to do so by staying in the workforce so that they can further their professional success, while 20 percent said that they want to start or maintain a personal business.

Safety should still be a priority during retirement and older adults may be interested in installing a personal emergency response system. This device can be used to send a medical alert to a doctor, so one can lead an active, independent lifestyle for years to come.

Other boomers who are choosing to retire are looking forward to learning new things – 26 percent want to continue their education, which means many older adults will probably be showing up back in the classroom. Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of older adults said that they want to learn a new trade skill.

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