You may know that every day 10,000 Baby Boomers enter retirement. But did you know that almost 1 out of 5 Baby Boomers are childless?
In this episode, we talk on with Sara Zeff Geber, Ph.D., author of Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers, which was named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the six Best Books of 2018 on Aging Well.
Sara shares her insights on the unique upsides and challenges faced by Solo Agers and her perspective on the importance of flexibility. She also discusses strategies to avoid isolation and how Baby Boomers in retirement, especially those who are Solo Agers, can cultivate social networks in retirement.
On Social Support
“Solo agers need to also nurture their social support system all the way through life. If you find that your work has superseded that, and you haven’t paid enough attention to your social support system, then it’s time to really look around you and maybe start to actually make a physical diagram of who are the people around you, what what do they provide for you in the way of support and potential assistance. Sometimes there is work to be done.
Finding new friends, finding people to just hang out with now that you’re done with working life. That can be done in so many different ways. It can be done by finding interest groups, either through causes you believe in or hobbies or a part-time job. So many of our social system comes from the people that we work with when we’re early in earlier in life. When we’re in our 30s and 40s and 50s, a lot of people look around and say, “Wow, all my friends are people I know from work.” Well, that’s all well and good when you’re still working, but as you begin to look at relinquishing that work and saying goodbye, opening the door for a younger person to come in behind you, think about who’s going to replace that social network. It may take quite a bit of work for a solo ager that is kind of isolated or is maybe more of an introvert.”Are you a Solo Ager? Nearly 1 in 5 Baby Boomers are. Listen to author and expert Sara Zeff Geber’s strategies and advice. Click To Tweet
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