|Jay Manning, 77, has run the coffee shop Berkeley Perk Cafe in the South End, for 14 years. He was a hairdresser in the ’70s and ’80s. (photos by yoon s. byun/globe staff)|
A new life
For many, retirement means reinventing themselves for a career change
At 77 Jay Manning could be kicking back on a beach or curling up at home with a book. Instead he is running a neighborhood coffee shop - after having had a career as hairdresser and concierge. Now that Americans are living an average of 30 years longer than they did a century ago, changing careers later in life is more attractive than ever. Reinventing yourself in maturity can boost your confidence and even slow down the aging process.