Some of us Baby Boomers are finding that we won't be able to live on what funds are coming in when we cut back work to less than full time. That could be next year or 10 years from now. But we know the day is coming when we will be financially in a pickle.
So, even my socially conservative neighbors, friends and colleagues have begun to talk about making the kind of voyage my grandparents took on. Only they are considering Ecuador, Mexico and India. Some have even started to study the languages of those nations. A few plan to vacation in those spots as part of their due diligence.
Yes, it's a big step. But they don't like what they see in terms of what kinds of jobs are open to them. For example, there are aging check-out baggers in the supermarket. Some older men gather and push together shopping carts in the parking lots of Home Depot. For the Valentine season, the aged worked in a floral call center in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.
The grim reality is that, unless we have our own niche skill and operate our own business, it's slim pickings when it comes to being hired. A 58-year-old unemployed lawyer has been trying for two years. She went into retail to apply. She thought that was her emotional bottom. It wasn't. She didn't get a job. A 62-year-old laid-off manager thought it was a done deal to get a car salesperson job during the auto boom. He now has part-time work stocking shelves at night in retail.
The answer might be to go where the living is cheaper and then figure out how to start their own business. That's what the guides to immigration recommend. The trick is to make sure the country's infrastructure supports digital communications. The business is bound to be a telecommuting one.