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Welcome to the new era of retirement, in which retirees teach part-time, volunteer for nonprofits, mentor
young people, doorbell for candidates, organize neighborhood potlucks and run 5Ks. Voted Best Place to Retire many times over by many national publications, Bellingham seems to embody this new feisty spirit of retirement.
We are no longer convalescing into old age. We are healthier longer than we used to be, retiring earlier than we used
to, and we live in a culture of engagement, action. The people retiring now protested or fought in (or both) Viet Nam, founded chapters of NOW, created neighborhood associations, cleared trails and created community gardens. These new engaged retirees have become a crucial part of our social fabric, both nationally and here at home.