Gen Xers Ask: ‘Can I Afford to Retire?’

Often called "the forgotten generation," Gen X is approaching retirement with some unique challenges

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Andrew Shiflett thinks he’ll be financially able to retire, but he’s not sure if he’ll ever be able to take that step mentally. 

The 51-year-old chemical engineer from Raleigh, N.C., has worked at three companies during his 30-year career, but he’s seen big swings in how organizations — and generations — view retirement. It used to be that you worked, you saved, you retired. Not so much anymore. 

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Dawn Fallik
Contributing writer

Dawn Fallik is a Philadelphia-based  reporter who specializes in data analysis. She was a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Wall Street Journal and The Associated Press. She has served on the Pulitzer jury and is a tenured professor at the University of Delaware.