Baby boomers express some regrets as they approach retirement, poll shows

01/16/2014 10:22 AM

01/18/2014 5:53 PM

It should come as no surprise that baby boomers, who have rarely been satisfied with anything, aren’t all that happy with the way their lives have turned out as they’ve gotten older.

America’s 78 million baby boomers were born from 1946 to 1964. So the youngest of this very large unruly group turns 50 years old this year is eligible for AARP membership.

In response, AARP polled 3,500 adults in cooperation with A Woman’s Nation Foundation, the Center for American Progress and the Shriver Group. It shows that Americans age 50 to 64 are more likely to say they would have made different life choices than those over 64 in picking a different profession, delaying having kids and ending a bad relationship.

Only half as many people 50 to 64 said they were doing very well financially compared with those over 64. Americans 50 to 64 said they feel more stressed than those over 64.

But people age 50 to 64 were more likely to be optimistic about the future than those over 64.

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