Aging and retiring are two different things. They often get mixed up, but aging is the process of getting older, and retirement is the process of disentangling from your career. Traditionally, people retire when they are older, so many people simply see retirement as getting old.
You can age while you are still working or you can age while you are retired, but there’s no alternative to getting old. (Well there is, but it’s not a very desirable one.)
You may have heard, 70 is the new 60, or 60 is the new 50, or 50 , well, you get the point. And while it may be partly wishful thinking, I do see people in their 60’s, 70’s and 80’s as more youthful than those of the same age a generation or two ago. Life expectancies have increased, and so has vitality at every age.
Boomers are determined to stay healthy, active and engaged as they drift into seniority. Retirement can help with that. Read about it in my new post, "10 Reasons Retirement Makes You Feel Younger", over at U.S. News & World Report’s On Retirement blog.