Listening to Middle-Income Americans: Part 3

August 2012

Bankers Life and Casualty Company Center for a Secure Retirement surveyed middle-income retirees on the realities of preparing for and enjoying life in retirement.

In this new multi-part report series, we asked 300 retirees ages 55 to 75 a variety of open-ended questions about what they have learned during their retirement and to share their real-world advice. Retirees weighed in with their perspective on life in retirement and what they miss most and least about their pre-retirement lifestyles.

Part 3: Living in Retirement highlights four questions from the survey and summarizes retirees' most common responses. Download the Report: Part 3

Read the first two reports in the series, Part 1: Advice to Younger Generations and Part 2: Health and Happiness.

Series Part 3: Living in Retirement

In This Report:

Four Q&As from Current Retirees

1. What do you miss most about your pre-retirement life?

2. What do you miss least about your pre-retirement life?

3. What has been the biggest lifestyle surprise about being retired?

4. Where do you spend most of your time, other than home?



The Bankers Life and Casualty Company Center for a Secure Retirement's survey series Listening to Middle-Income Americans was conducted in April 2012 by the independent research firm The Blackstone Group.

A nationwide sample of 300 retirees ages 55 to 75 who have an annual household income of between $25,000 and $75,000 participated in the Internet-based survey. Significant sub-sample differences were tested at the 95% confidence level.

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