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The Boomers Issue

On (and on and on) the job

Despite reaching Social Security age, a generation is finding the new secret to a happy retirement: Don’t.

DON’T GET HER WRONG. Denise Dabney loves her job as lead planner in the Mayor’s Office of Jobs & Community Services for the City of Boston. It’s just that the Dorchester resident, who moved from Virginia to Boston with her parents in 1960, wishes she had more time for volunteer work and to pursue other interests, such as her passion for genealogy. But as is the case for many baby boomers, financial and other realities often trump wishful intent.

Dabney, for example, helps support her 90-year-old mother. In addition, she calculates that she’ll be paying college tuition for her youngest child, now 15, until 2019. “I wish I had the financial freedom to do some other things, but that’s not the case for me or for a lot of people like me.”

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