Much has been written about Generation X and Millenials but I’ve seen nothing about the Nouveau Retired, the group I belong to. Allow me to introduce you:
- We retired healthy and financially comfortable.
- We participate in fitness activities: biking, jogging, walking, weight lifting, pickle ball, table tennis, and others. We’re not afraid to compete or encourage our own to do so.
- Many of us prefer hard copy; it’s what we’re used to.
- This doesn’t mean that we read USPS mail daily, but we do so at least once a week.
- We may text but are not likely to respond to text messsges in .1 seconds. Give us a few hours to get around to looking at our smart phones.
- Ditto for email. Not being employed, we take advantage of the luxury of looking at email when we get good and ready.
- We make an effort to dress to show we know what year it is. However, We have some favorite pieces that we can’t bring ourselves to discard or give away.
- We’re not cheap but often blurt that we remember how much something used to cost. This is a spontaneous utterance when in shock that a $0.05 candy bar is now half the size and selling for $1.89 plus tax at “convenience stores.”
- We don’t fit the grandparent mold and get bored with sitting around when family visits. Consider scheduling an outing for a change of scenery.
- Our values haven’t changed much although we try to sdapt to cultural changes. You, too, will look back two generations and wonder how morals declined so drastically.
- We make the effort to maintain contact with multiple generations, which keeps us young. So share what’s new and help us with technology. Showing us how to maneuver within a program only once is probably not enough.