I like to joke about the fact that I have a ten-year-old boy at the age when my mother was not only an empty nester, but also an empty nester with a son-in-law. (That would be my husband.)
What I don’t like to contemplate as much? That I will almost certainly have just finished paying for the college education of the same adorable ten-year-old when the law permits me to claim a monthly Social Security check.
In a society infatuated with youth, the message is that you are only as old as you feel.
What seems to get short shrift is the impact of forever-young finances on middle-aged balance sheets.
“Boomers don’t think they’re going to get old,” says Ann Fishman, the president of Generational Targeted Marketing.