Next Avenue: Life after 50: freedom, simplicity, new horizons

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org. It is excerpted and adapted from “How Do I Get There From Here? Planning for Retirement When the Old Rules No Longer Apply” by George H. Schofield, Ph.D.

It’s an uninformed and inaccurate assumption to think about the period between age 50 and elderly as one single period. It’s as naive as assuming all boomers are alike, needing and wanting the same things at the same time. It is naive because it sets us up to be surprised and less adaptable when change —voluntary and involuntary —arrives.

I also think the period between age 50 and elderly is best described as three overlapping periods, not defined by age.

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