Living mostly in regional cities, Older Progressive Thinkers are close compatriots in income and lifestyle to Worldly and Wise but are significantly older with higher home and savings values. Incomes cover a wide range, with big gaps between main earner and secondary earner. They are digitally connected and for those still working they are often self-employed or doing some paid work from home in industries such as engineering, construction and medicine. Baby Boomers and Pre-boomers are well represented in this group, and a large amount are retired or planning to soon. However, unlike some Golden Years, Older Progressive Thinkers can look forward to a comfortable and financially secure post-career lifestyle.
Walk with Me
Been thinking of getting a solar panel for our swimming pool: it’s unheated at the moment, but a few of our neighbours have been getting them installed lately. Jen and I swam in Bob and Rita’s pool the other day — it’s something else, let me tell you! They’ve all had it done by the same company, so I reckon I’d be right giving it a shot. Hopefully having a heated pool will give the grandkids another reason to nag their parents to come around more often!
I used to run a restaurant, but I’m technically retired now. I still get a few odd jobs from family and friends, helping with their businesses. Don’t really do it for the money — I already have enough saved up! Well, that’s not entirely true: I still buy and sell shares on a regular basis, which keeps me on top of what’s going on.
I’m feeling well and in good health. The secret is simple — keep active and do what you love! I go out cycling with my friends every week; sometimes we even do a day ride out to Te Aroha and go on the Hauraki Rail Trail if we can get enough lads on board.
I’m taking my wife Jen to the movies later tonight, but first we want to try and finish painting the rest of the loungeroom. We’ve still got the guest room to do after that. I really have to keep an eye on the time these days; it just seems to fly if I’m not careful!