From the 2010 Del Webb Baby Boomer Survey comes a revelation that seems obvious to us bohemian boomers: We feel younger than our chronological age. Btw, Del Webb is the county’s largest builder of “active adult communities” – no one dares to call them “retirement homes” anymore.
Back to their survey: The latest results show those of us turning 50 this year say we actually feel 10 years younger than that. Boomers older than 50 feel about 13 years younger than their physical age.
To what do they attribute their feeling of youthfulness? The survey shows it has to do with these five activities:
1. Exercise regularly — More than 55 percent work out regularly as a way to feel youthful.
2. Hit the books — Nearly a third have gone or will go back to school.
3. Volunteer — More than 60 percent are giving back to their communities by volunteering.
4. Still working — More than 70 percent plan to work in “retirement” either part-time, full-time or in starting a new career.
5. Trying something new, like yoga or photography — Approximately 40 percent have taken up a new hobby or activity.
Again, this is nothing new to the bohemians among us – we’re all about staying as active and engaged in society as we can, regardless of the years on us.
But here’s something interesting, the results show just about every boomer surveyed says old age begins at 80. What do you want to bet that number will be going up in future surveys? Let’s face it, old age is always several years away from whatever age we are when you ask us about it.