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2011: 9,600 MT Boomers to Celebrate Birthday 65

January 3, 2011

HELENA, Mont. - It's estimated more than 9,500 Montanans will be celebrating a special birthday this year. They are the first wave of "baby boomers" to turn 65. Their parents considered that milestone a time to leave the work force and focus on leisure. However, according to a recent AARP survey, this generation thinks differently, says AARP Montana associate state director Stacia Dahl.

"Boomers, on the other hand, consider work to be part of retirement, and a significant percentage say they will never consider themselves retired."

Why do they plan to continue working? Some want to continue building a nest egg. Others simply cannot imagine life without work. Even with the recent economic recession, Dahl says those just reaching age 65 see things looking up, and they share many of the same concerns that younger generations do.

"This first wave of the boomer generation is generally satisfied with their current status and optimistic about the next third of life. Achieving financial security and improving their health are their top concerns."

Nationwide, between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2011, boomers will turn 65 at a rate of about 7,000 a day, AARP reports.

The full survey results are available at www.aarp.org.

Deb Courson, Public News Service - MT