A recent AARP study found about 40% of those turning 65 this year say they're where they expected to be, and 78% of them are satisfied with the way their lives are going. The survey shows a sense of "resilience" to the idea that struggling children and ailing elderly parents might be a boomer's burden, says Steve Cone, AARP executive vice president. In fact, the concept of aging is also evolving as boomers expect to live longer and seek more financial security. In place of a leisurely life after 65, some are actively choosing caregiver roles or opting to work past retirement.

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