Retirement doesn’t have to kill your bank account, author Mark Miller says

Scanned image of author's US Social Security card.

I’m going to turn 50 later this year.

It’s a weird sensation, knowing AARP is prepared to invite me into its ranks, that I probably have fewer years ahead paying into Social Security and Medicare than getting money from Social Security and Medicare, that middle-age is finally, officially, about to catch up with my more salt-than-pepper thin hair and beard, that all the talk about preparing for retirement is no longer just talk.

Whoa, slow down, Bob. You’re depressing everybody—yourself included.

Next week, on April 15, 2010, I’ll even be attending the second day of the Florida Boomer Lifestyle Conference, which will be held in Clearwater at Ruth Eckerd Hall. It is designed to help us understand how the recession has impacted boomers. I expect to learn what they’re spending money on right now, which messages resonate most with them, and what they want from businesses today.

Apparently “more Early Bird Dinner Specials” is not the correct answer.

Joining me today, in advance of his appearance as a guest speaker at the Florida Boomer Lifestyle Conference, is Mark Miller, author of the upcoming book, The Hard Times Guide to Retirement Security, which will be in great bookstores everywhere this June. You can also pre-order it on

Mark Miller website and follow him on Twitter.

By the way, the Florida Boomer Lifestyle Conference is open to the public, April 14-15, 2010.You can register online at

Hear it now!MARK MILLER podcast excerpt: “A fundamental idea in the book is that we’re going to have to retire the old notion of what retirement was. Even before the economy changed, that was case for most Boomers.” 

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