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10/17/97 Senior adults’ diversity increasing, expert says

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Retirees increasingly are not staying retired, a trend that is likely to increase in the years ahead, according to Edie Weiner, president of Weiner, Edrich, Brown of New York, a nationally known futures consulting group.
During an Oct. 15 presentation to employees of the Southern Baptist Sunday School Board on six emerging trends, Weiner said many employees in their 50s and 60s who were downsized into retirement are re-entering the job market. Some are finding they can’t live on their retirement income; others just don’t want to retire.
The re-entry of older adults into the work force is “changing unemployment statistics in this country,” she said.
In a related area, she said, there is “less and less similarity” among senior adults. For example, one may be in school earning a Ph.D. Another may be starting a new career or business. Another may not do anything more intellectually stimulating than reading the newspaper or watching TV news.
Contrary to traditional views of population segments, “the greater segmentation is after 65. The younger generations are more like each other,” she said.