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Empty nesters can still have a full life

Some parents fear they will begin suffering the loneliness of "empty nest syndrome" the day their last child moves out. As it turns out, an empty nest is not so bad. In fact, it might be pretty good.

A new survey by retirement-community builder Del Webb of adults ages 40 to 70 found a vast majority were enjoying their lives once the kids were gone. About 95 percent said they were relishing more personal time and 91 percent said they liked the lower grocery bills. About 80 percent said they were considering finally going on a dream vacation.

And what about the kids' old bedrooms? About 70 percent of respondents said they transformed the rooms into spaces for their personal use, including guest rooms, offices and media rooms.

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