MetLife Study Finds Contrary to Predictions, Boomers Are Retiring
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More Than 60% of 65-Year-Olds Already Collecting Social Security
The study reports that 59% of the first Boomers to turn 65 are at least partially retired – 45% are completely retired and 14% are retired, but working part-time. Of those still working, 37% say they’ll retire in the next year and on average plan to do so by the time they’re 68. Half (51%) of those who are retired say they retired earlier than they had expected. Of those who retired early, four-in-ten say they did so for health reasons. The majority (85%) of respondents consider themselves healthy, and almost all (96%) retirees say they like retirement at least somewhat. Seven-in-ten (70%) like it a lot.
Almost two-thirds, 63% of respondents, are already collecting
Regarding the attitude of these respondents, the data shows that 43% of those polled are optimistic about the future. Of the 19% who are pessimistic about what’s ahead, 49% fault the government and 21% blame the economy. The 65-year-old Boomers do not consider themselves old; on average they won’t consider themselves to be old until they’re age 79, a year older than reported in 2007.
“Many of the Boomers weathered the recession well and have been able to stop working. Half of all Boomers feel confident that they are on track or have already hit their retirement goals,” said
- The average retirement age for the 1946 Boomers is 59.7 for men and 57.2 for women.
- 24% have a living parent.
- 84% are parents; 83% are grandparents, up from 77% in 2008.
- Of those not retired, 61% plan to retire at the same age as they planned one year ago.
- 31% of 65-year-old Boomers think they were at their sharpest mentally in their 40s; only 20% say they’re at their sharpest today.
- Home ownership increased significantly among the studied cohort since 2008, from 85% to 93%.
- 71% are married or in a domestic partnership; 12% are divorced or separated; 10% are widowed and 7% are single.
Transitioning into Retirement: The MetLife Study of Baby Boomers at 65was conducted by
The MetLife Mature Market Institute®
Celebrating its 15-year anniversary in 2012, the
The Institute supports MetLife’s long-standing commitment to identifying emerging issues and innovative solutions for the challenges of life.
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