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The Boomers Issue

Rethinking the golden years

As the first of 78 million baby boomers close in on 70, the head of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation says it’s time to change the rules of “old age.”

AH, RETIREMENT. Long walks on the beach. Family picnics with grandchildren at our feet. Youthful good looks that never fade. In the United States, we have long aspired to a retirement filled with abject leisure. But maybe, just maybe, we should be seeking something else. Maybe we need to redefine our image of retirement to account for what it’s really like today.

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