I was encouraged by this post on the site How Baby Boomers Work
by David Neilsen called, "The Boomer's Second Act" that there is perhaps actually a job market created by the numbers, the normalcy of people staying at or returning to work in their 50s and even older.
He begins with: "Now that the Baby Boomers are reaching retirement age, the world's golf courses and cruise ships are going to be overbooked, right?
Not so fast.
A study by Cornell University found that about a third of all Baby Boomers are planning a second career in their Golden Years. With over 78 million Boomers in America, that's 26 million sexagenarians planning to re-enter the workplace. That's a lot of workers."
That's the sixty-somethings! Wow, but times have changed in just a few months since beginning of the 2009 Depression. I was planning my career change and return to school for my master's before the economy (and my own finances) went to hell in a hand basket because of my desire for a lifestyle change from the isolation of freelancing and home office. Now it's not only a choice but a necessity....and I have plenty of company. And I'd rather think of it as company than competition for jobs!
(The power of positive thinking vs. the down down downward spiral of casting things in a negative light.)
Other interesting posts/information on baby boomers returning to or staying at work: