Today's unsettled economy makes it difficult for all retirees, but especially baby boomer retirees, to be comfortably retired.
Baby boomers face many sudden economic, social and health coverage challenges. We are troubled by the uncertainty of the challenges.
We have always strategized and known exactly what the end results would be. Our lives were nearly perfect up to this point. After all, we had good jobs, saved well and are now retired. It was not in the forecast that gasoline prices would skyrocket, natural disasters would help raise the price of food and children would return home due to the loss of jobs or not finding work.
The average retiree's money and pension-related resources now look kind of funny.
With all of these occurrences, retirees have to make some emergency decisions. Rather than depleting limited savings, some of us will go back to work. Of course, we move more slowly, our steps are shorter, and there are bad backs and arthritis. We don't see as well as we used to; waking up early is a chore because once up, we must inform our body parts to move. Our medicines must be taken as prescribed. We must not forget the locations of cellphones, keys, and help us, our teeth.
Being a boomer retiree is surely not what it was supposed to be. We are scared of what is before us. Let us hear from older retirees and their circumstances.
Bessie M. Clarke