Retirement Planning and Denial


Are boomers in denial when it comes to retirement planning?   While we’ve covered the state of financial illiteracy previously, denial is also all to rampant.

Take a look at the following.  I want to state up-front that I didn’t write the two paragraphs and I’m embarrassed to say I don’t know or remember where I found it – so my apologies to whoever it might be that I’m plagerizing; but, I thought you might find it interesting.

About 15 years ago, it was reported that as a generation boomers had tended to avoid discussions and planning for their demise and avoided much long-term planning. However, there has been a growing dialogue on how to manage aging and end of life issues as the generation ages. In particular, many argued that Baby Boomers were in a state of denial regarding their own aging and death, thus leaving an undue economic burden on their children for their retirement and care.

One book, written by Colorado doctor Terry Grossman, titled, The Baby Boomers’ Guide to Living Forever, proposes how baby boomers might avoid death. On page 3 of the book, Grossman writes, and not ironically: As an official member of the Baby Boomer Generation, I really and truly do not believe that it was intended for us to die. Death, if and when it occurs, clearly will represent a mistake of some kind.

Interesting, huh?



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